Results of the investigation

BACKGROUND

On 25 June 2020 a list was put into circulation by @predatorsonblast pushing for individuals in the dance industry to be investigated, confronted and held to account for predatory behaviour. A member of Rain Crew was named on that list.

As mentioned in our Statement on 26 June 2020 we do not take allegations such as this lightly and subsequently launched an investigation into the matter.

CONCLUSION OF INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION

After the thorough investigation detailed below, no evidence or further information has been found to support the recent accusations and the investigator has concluded that there are “no concerns with regards to the accused Warren Gordon-Powell”

Rain Crew are satisfied all avenues and resources have been exhausted in order to get to the bottom of this allegation and we support Warren’s position in our crew and organisation. Although the result of the investigation brings this specific matter to a close, there is much work to be done when it comes to eliminating harassment and sexual misconduct from our industry. We are determined to be at the forefront of that change and create safe spaces for everyone.

NEXT STEPS

We will be publishing:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy
  • Lessons learned: Whistle Blowing, Safe Spaces and Conducting Investigations

DETAILS OF INVESTIGATION

The independent investigation was carried out by Alex Ferrelly, BA, PGCE. With 10 years of experience in schools, Alex has previously been involved in similar investigations. As someone with no ties to Rain Crew, he was able to act as a neutral party.

Over the course of 20 days, Alex has contacted 9 different parties and, where possible, taken statements with regards to the accusation. While maintaining confidentiality, further details of the investigation, it’s governance and process can be found below.

*Each appendix is a statement containing personal details that cannot be shared publicly without compromising the privacy of the parties involved, however the concluding investigator statement can be found below.

If you have any questions relating to this investigation please contact Maren Ellermann at maren@raincrewuk.com