A senior producer of hit TV show Lego Masters is accused of making a music video of himself naked and thrusting against a box of wine, and showing it to a female colleague.
David Holder, 35, and production company Endemol Shine are being sued by Rebecca Smith for $150,000 based on claims that she was denied a safe work environment and treated unfairly because she’s a woman.
Ms Smith, who worked as a Lego sorter on three seasons of the Nine program, claimed she was offended and upset after he allegedly showed her the disturbing video.
When she turned the phone away, she claimed he said words to the effect of: ‘Oh yeah, sorry. I’m naked in that’.
She also claimed he repeatedly bragged to her about sexual relationships with other Lego sorters, commented on her underwear, called her his ‘main babe’, and touched her inside his hotel.
According to documents filed in the Federal Court, seen by Daily Mail Australia, the production company – which also produces Masterchef, Survivor and The Bachelor – has until Thursday to file a defence.
Dave Holder (pictured) is accused of sexually harassing Rebecca Smith while she worked as a Lego sorter
Dave Holder (pictured) is a professional Lego builder on Nine program, Lego Masters
Ms Smith also accused Holder of using his senior position to make female Lego sorters feel like they owed him for their employment, The Australian reported.
In one instance, in January 2020, Ms Smith says Holder told her about a time he had a sexual encounter with a Lego sorter when she ‘used to be skinny’.
Another instance in March of that same year, he allegedly texted Ms Smith to say she was the ‘main babe’, while the other Lego sorters were just ‘babes’.
In August 2021, Lego Masters moved production for its fourth season from Melbourne to Sydney due to Covid border restrictions.
The alleged victim relocated to Sydney from Melbourne to continue working on the show while living in a hostel which did not have a washing machine.
She claimed Holder invited her to his hotel room, paid for by Endemol Shine, so she could wash her clothes.
While she was using the machine, Holder allegedly came up behind her and wrapped his arms around her waist.
In September, she claimed he asked her to move in with him. She declined.
Ms Smith claimed Holder (pictured) was not appropriately disciplined when she told her superiors about the alleged harassment
He asked her if she used dating apps, if she had been married before and if she would date younger men – as she was older than him, she claimed.
When she reported the situation to her superiors, Ms Smith claimed she was told he was a ‘nice guy’ who ‘feels really bad’ and no formal action was taken.
She made six complaints about him over the course of her employment on the Channel Nine program.
He was allegedly advised to work in a professional matter and not to speak to others about the complaints against him.
Ms Smith was not offered casual work on the set of Lego Masters for its fifth season.
Lawyers for Endemol Shine and Holder did not want to comment when contacted by Daily Mail Australia.
The matter will return to court on September 25.
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