The Neighbours cast walks to set in Melbourne amid shock allegations

EXCLUSIVE: The Neighbours cast walks to set as they prepare to film scenes in Melbourne amid shocking allegations of racism and abuse on the long-running show

Neighbours stars were spotted making their way to the show’s Melbourne set on Tuesday amid a string of recent scandals.

Several former cast members have spoken out against the long-running soap in recent weeks, alleging racism and abuse on set.

Most recently, actress Sharon Johal detailed her ‘painful’ experience on the program in a lengthy statement posted to Instagram on Wednesday.

Business as usual: Neighbours stars were spotted making their way to the show’s Melbourne set on Tuesday amid a string of recent scandals. Pictured, Olivia Junkeer

But it appeared to be business as usual for the show’s current cast members, including Rebekah Elmaloglou, Olivia Junkeer and Jemma Donovan, who were all seen walking to set as they prepared to film scenes.

Fellow Neighbours stars Tim Kano, Charlotte Chimes, Matt Wilson and Richie Morris were also spotted heading to work on the show.

Walking alongside each other, Jemma and Olivia appeared enthralled in their phones as they made their way to set.

Scandal: Several former cast members have spoken out against the long-running soap in recent weeks, alleging racism and abuse on set. Pictured, Jemma Donovan (left) and Olivia (right)


Checking in: Walking alongside each other, Jemma and Olivia appeared enthralled in their phones as they made their way to set

Both young women were dressed casually, with Jemma, 21, opting for black pants, which she paired with an oversize peach-coloured motif T-shirt.

The daughter of fellow Neighbours alum Jason Donovan also wore a black leather blazer and white sneakers.

Meanwhile, a solemn Olivia, 22, stepped out in black leggings, which she paired with a baggy cream knit jumper and white sneakers.

On the phone: Fellow Neighbours star Richie Morris (pictured) was also spotted checking his phone as he walked to set, and wore a serious expression on his face

Serious: A solemn Olivia stepped out in black leggings, which she paired with a baggy cream knit jumper and white sneakers

Richie, 22, was also spotted checking his phone as he walked to set, and wore a serious expression on his face.

The handsome young actor stepped out in baggy navy blue tracksuit pants and a saffron-coloured T-shirt.

He also wore a black puffer jacket with the Neighbours logo embroidered on the front, white sneakers and a red cross-body bag.

Cast catch up: An animated Rebekah Elmaloglou (centre) chatted with Tim Kano (right) and Matt Wilson (left) as she made her way to the show’s set clad in a grey robe

Back work: It appeared to be business as usual for the show’s current cast members, who were all seen walking to set as they prepared to film scenes

An animated Rebekah, 47, chatted with Tim and Matt as she made her way to the show’s set clad in a grey robe.

Meanwhile, Tim, 34, stepped out in a pair of dark jeans, a dark blue button-up shirt, black leather boots, and a maroon and grey windcheater jacket.

Matt, 32, also opted for dark jeans, which he teamed with white sneakers and a black hooded jacket.

Phoning it in: Charlotte Chimes (pictured) showed off her character’s baby bump in a figure-hugging brown dress, black leather biker jacket and white sneakers

Behind the scenes: The 28-year-old actress chatted on her phone as she walked to set, before waiting with the show’s crew

Charlotte showed off her character’s baby bump in a figure-hugging brown dress, black leather biker jacket and white sneakers.

The 28-year-old actress chatted on her phone as she walked to set, before waiting with the show’s crew.   

In her statement, Sharon, 33, alleged that she was subjected to racial slurs, mocking comments and a colleague calling her a ‘c**t’ when she confronted them over an offensive remark. 

Neighbours royalty: Jemma is the daughter of fellow Neighbours alum Jason Donovan, and also wore a black leather blazer and white sneakers

Sharon went on to allege that on more than one occasion, a current cast member (not a person of colour) directly referred to her as ‘you people’, while speaking in derogatory terms about an altercation they were involved in with an Indian person. 

She claimed the same cast member repeatedly referred to her as ‘the black one’ and/or ‘blackie’ behind her back while in the presence of crew members, and that the person claimed the show only employs Indian actors ‘to fill their diversity quota’.

Sharon starred on the Network 10 series as Dipi Rebecchi from 2017 until only last month.

Allegations: Actress Sharon Johal (pictured) detailed her ‘painful’ experience on the show in a lengthy statement posted to Instagram on Wednesday

Other former cast members to have spoken out against the show, alleging racism on set include Sachin Joab, Meyne Wyatt and guest star Shareena Clanton.

In a statement to Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday, Fremantle, the production company behind Neighbours said: ‘We remain committed to ensuring a respectful and inclusive workplace for all employees on the set of Neighbours and take very seriously any questions about racism or any other form of discrimination. 

‘We are engaging an independent legal investigation to work concurrently with Campfire X’s cultural review and hope to work directly with the individuals that have raised concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps are appropriate.’ 

Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting anyone pictured in this story is involved in the racism allegations. 

Taking it seriously: In a statement to Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday, Fremantle, the production company behind Neighbours said: ‘We remain committed to ensuring a respectful and inclusive workplace for all employees on the set of Neighbours’

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