DOCTOR Who star Karen Gillan pulled out of a major fan event – just three days after shamed John Barrowman was announced as taking part.
Actress Karen, who played Time Lord’s assistant Amy Pond between 2010 and 2013, was scheduled to appear at Wales Comic Con in November.
Karen dropped out of Wales Comic Con just three days after her co-star John Barrowman was unveiled as a participantCredit: Getty
Actor John Barrowman was forced to apologise for repeatedly flashing on the set of Doctor Who and TorchwoodCredit: PA:Press Association
But after John – who was forced to apologise for repeatedly exposing himself on TV sets this year – was unveiled as a participant on 10th August, Karen dropped out on 13th.
In a video message to fans, the star apologised, claiming she was forced to pull out by a schedule clash with filming for Guardians of the Galaxy.
She added that she was “gutted” not to be taking part.
But sources close to Karen, 33 – who has publicly backed campaigning against sexual harassment – said she was reluctant to appear alongside John.
One told the Sun on Sunday: “Karen has been vocal in speaking up against systemic sexual harassment in the workplace in the past.
“It continues to be an issue that she feels very strongly about. So the prospect of appearing alongside John publicly left her very conflicted.”
In 2018, Karen joined hundreds of women in backing the Times Up initiative – designed to combat systematic sexual harassment in the workplace.
She said: “I stand with women across every industry to say #TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, marginalisation and under-representation.”
And her decision came after a huge backlash from fans who took to social media to complain about John’s involvement in the Telford event.
One wrote: “Wales Comic Con used to be a safe space but now you’re inviting someone who sexually harassed his cast mates? Can you guarantee he won’t make people uncomfortable when meeting him/make jokes about his behaviour during a panel?”
A second said: “I wish to cancel my ticket as I do not agree with this person being featured due to his actions.”
The Sun on Sunday revealed this year that John had been forced to apologise after repeatedly flashing on the set of Doctor Who and Torchwood.
The actor, who played Captain Jack Harkness in both shows, was reprimanded by executive producer Julie Gardner for his lewd behaviour.
He later insisted his actions were “only ever intended in good humour.”
But it is now understood he will not appear on the judging panel of Dancing on Ice this year after ITV bosses sensationally axed him over the row.