The ABC has apologised to a local woman who said she was turned away from the broadcast of a local TV program because she was a ‘black woman’.
The program was a documentary about an Aboriginal woman who had her eyes gouged out while she was working as a sex worker.
ABC TV in Adelaide was filmed by an Aboriginal photographer while she worked as a prostitute in the city’s west.
The camera was set up to capture the moment Aboriginal women were forced to perform oral sex on a camera operator.
The woman was working in a hotel room, filming her own acts of forced prostitution when the camera was put in a locked position.
“I’m a black woman and I was being harassed and my eyes were gouged,” she told Al Jazeera.
“And I had to leave the room.”
A spokesman for the ABC said the network was “disappointed” with the woman’s story and that she was not allowed to leave for two hours after the filming was finished.
ABC Television apologised to the woman, who did not want to be identified, and said it was a matter for the network.
In a statement, the ABC confirmed that a local employee was on site during filming, but did not elaborate on the reason for the woman being denied access to the camera.
The network said it “will be looking into this matter” and would “continue to investigate any complaints”.