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Neighbours star Shareena Clanton accuses the workplace ‘allowed discrimination and bullying’

FILE PHOTO: Shareena Clanton arrives at the 2015 ASTRA Awards at the Star on March 12, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for the ASTRA Awards)

By: Pramod Thomas

NEIGHBOURS star Shareena Clanton, 30, accused the cast of bullying her and claimed she heard the N-word used on set twice.

She alleged that the workplace environment allowed discrimination, harassment and bullying to occur for many years, reported The Daily Mail. 

“There is something systemic here, there is something dangerous. I went straight to the producers … spoke about the racist terminology and history behind it and hurt, and the individual was apparently put on a warning,,” she said during an interview on ABC‘s 7.30 report.

“Calling it out left me isolated, bullied, marginalised. I felt lonely and no-one knows the trauma that racism imprints into your soul. And we have to, every day as First Nations, as people of colour, we have to wear armour when we step outside of our doors.”

Former Neighbours actor Meyne Wyatt also alleged that he had also experienced racism on set in a tweet.

Earlier this month, Shareena accused the Channel 10 soap of racism and has vowed to never work on the programme again.

The actress alleged in a lengthy Instagram post that producers had fostered a toxic workplace environment and that the show was a ‘culturally unsafe space’.

Former cast members Sharon Johal, Sachin Joab and Nicola Charles also spoke out against the long-running soap in recent weeks, alleging racism and abuse on set.

Johal released a statement about her ‘painful’ four years on Neighbours, which included racial slurs, mocking comments and a colleague calling her a ‘c**t’ after she confronted them over an offensive remark, The Daily Mail report added.

“All complaints are taken seriously and we are investigating all allegations fairly,” said Fremantle’s Asia Pacific CEO Chris Oliver-Taylor.

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