Holland — The Dutch public prosecutor’s office has opened a criminal investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct on the talent show “The Voice of Holland,” authorities said Monday.
The prosecutor’s office said it was acting on five complaints against four people on the TV show, which it now officially considers suspects since the first indictments were aired in January.
The Dutch version of the popular singing competition “The Voice” has been taken off the air as it became one of the most notable shows in the #MeToo movement era in the country’s entertainment world.
The scandal erupted after a local YouTube show called “BOOS”, which means angry in Dutch, contacted “The Voice of Holland” to say it had spoken to victims of “sexually infringing behaviour”. Shortly after, he made a broadcast about the accusations.
Dutch channel RTL, which broadcasts “The Voice of Holland”, was quick to react to the reports and suspend the show.
The prosecution said it anticipates the investigation will take a long time and only then will it decide whether or not to prosecute the suspects.