Former Nickelodeon Starr and about 30 protesters gathered outside the studio’s Burbank offices Thursday to protest Nickelodeon, alleging mistreatment by executives at the network.
Hosted by Alexa Nicholas, who starred in the popular kids show Zoey 101 For the show’s first two seasons in 2005 and 2006, protests were particularly directed at Dan Schneider, whose creator Zoey 101Along with other popular Nick shows iCarly, Victorious and Drake and Josh.
In a poster she designed, Nicholas called Schneider a “creator of childhood trauma”, itself an apparent reference to the “creator” who previously iCarly Star Janet McCurdy referenced it in her recent book I am glad my mother died. (McCurdy did not recognize the creator, who she claims encouraged her to drink when she was underage and massaged her shoulders without permission.)
“I didn’t feel safe at Nickelodeon as a kid,” Nicholas said. “I didn’t feel safe around Dan Schneider; Every time he came on the set, my body became very tense. Later in season 2, he and some officers made me cry alone in a room. I don’t think any child should have to go through something like that, especially when it’s coming from people who are looking out for children on set.”
Beyond the allegations against Schneider, Nichols also called out former Nickelodeon executives, including Fred Savage, who was a director of the organization. Zoey 101 and was fired from ABC The Wonder Years After an investigation into inappropriate behavior. (Nicholas did not allege any personal wrongdoing on the part of Savage, who said The Hollywood Reporter Earlier this month it “always strives to contribute to an inclusive, safe and supportive work environment. It is devastating to know that there are colleagues who feel that I fall short of these goals … I will work to address and change any behavior that negatively affects anyone.)
Schneider and Nickelodeon parted ways in 2018 following an investigation that found Schneider may have been verbally abusive, although the investigation revealed no evidence of sexual misconduct. (A representative for Nickelodeon or Schneider did not respond to requests for comment.)
The protest is just the latest from Nicholas and the group she organized, calling itself Eat Predators. Protesters chanted “Protect Lives, Not Predators” outside the studio and demanded that anyone who experienced sexual assault at Nickelodeon be released from any NDA. The group was a mix of Nicholas fans and alleged survivors of sexual abuse who had attended previous Eat Predators events. The most notable sign read “Cycleodion” in front of the studio’s foundation logo, and included Schneider’s face translucently on the back. Other signs include “Is Nick a hunter?” Questions like these were included. and “How many NDAs?” Most of the signs were represented by Nickelodeon’s green slime.
Eat Predators previously focused on the music industry, which Nichols and her fellow detractors say has been relatively untouched by the rest of the entertainment industry since the #MeToo movement began.
Nicolas has a professional background in TV, but last year, she sued Michael Milosz, ex-husband of R&B project Rhye, claiming Milosz groomed and sexually assaulted her since she was a teenager. Miloš vehemently denied the claims, saying in a statement last March: “I am being told horrible and despicable lies. I reiterate that these allegations are grossly false and the fabricated stories are probably untrue,” he said, claiming that Nicholas “falsified and filed her claims”. [her] As soon as the case [his] Spousal support payments ended. Nicholas withdrew her lawsuit without prejudice earlier this year, though she says she plans to sue again.
Ahead of Thursday’s Nickelodeon protest — the group’s largest to date — the Eat Predators gathered outside the offices of major music industry firms, including Sony Music Entertainment, Red Light Management (which still represents Milosz) and Warner Music Group. At Sony and WMG, the message was the same as what they wanted from the entire music business: release sexual abuse survivors from their potential NDAs and fire alleged abusers affiliated with the companies.
At Red Light’s offices, where Nicolas and a small group of protesters gathered twice last month, they asked the management company to comment on the allegations Nicolas made against Milosz, and further asked why Red Light was representing him. Several women have claimed Red Light managed and enabled their alleged abusers, including 25-year-old Alexis Bowling, who last year sued EDM artist Bassnectar and Red Light, alleging that he “solicited underage girls through various media.” Media and fan club events.
(The lawsuit against Bassnectar is ongoing, but Red Light’s part has since been dismissed. Red Light hasn’t represented Bassnectar in a year.)
“These outrageous claims — which were clearly designed for the media rather than the courts — are completely without merit, and we look forward to proving them,” said Bassnectar’s lawyer, Michelle Schuster. Rolling Stone Last year. Red Light did not respond to a request for comment.
“I want the red light to know I’m still here,” Bowling said rolling stone, Demanding accountability from the music industry.
At a protest outside Sony’s Culver City lot last week, a small Eat Predators group of fewer than 20 protesters accused the music company of being a “safe haven for predators” and pointed to current and former Sony artists accused of sexual misconduct, including Diplo and R. made They also held signs for ousted Sony Music Australia chief Dennis Handlin, who was fired from the company last year after allegations of promoting abusive workplace practices. (A representative for Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)
“The music industry has been complacent in addressing sexual abuse for years,” Nichols said. Rolling Stone In last month’s protest. “I’m coming out as a reader who wants to support other survivors.”
Meanwhile, at a demonstration outside WMG’s Los Angeles offices last month, a significantly smaller group of five protesters, including Nicholas, called on WMG CEO Stephen Cooper to step down. Highlighting the story of former Warner Records A&R executive Samantha Maloney, WMG demanded the release of any woman under an NDA due to sexual harassment allegations from their contracts.
therefore Rolling Stone As reported in March, Cooper sexually propositioned Maloney at a Grammy party several years ago, with the company paying her $240,000 as part of a settlement agreement a year later. That settlement included a non-disclosure clause that would ensure her silence on the matter. (Through a representative for WMG, Cooper denied the claim in March. A representative for Warner did not respond to a request for comment on the protest.)
“NDAs covering allegations of sexual harassment are no longer allowed in California,” Nicholas says, referring to a 2021 law that expanded restrictions on corporations in the state from using NDAs to silence employees who allege sexual harassment in lawsuits and administrative proceedings. Although the law stops short of addressing previously signed NDAs. “We have considered [NDAs] Wrong, but any victim who signed in the past is still silent. Women should be allowed to come forward without fear of punishment.