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NOC staff spill more tea about Sylvia Chan's employee abuse

Yahoo Lifestyle logo Yahoo Lifestyle 21/10/2021

Current and former employees of Singaporean YouTube channel Night Owl Cinematics (NOC) have spoken up about their alleged mistreatment under their boss, Sylvia Chan, in an article by Must Share News. This comes after anonymous accusations about Sylvia’s alleged abuse of employees surfaced, and Sylvia's subsequent apology.

In interviews with MS News, NOC’s former lead executive producer Felicia said, “My teammates questioned their self-worth. I’ve stayed up so many nights with crying teammates, doubting their sanity, their purpose, wondering if they are being ‘over-sensitive’, are they actually being humiliated or is this just…normal? Whether she (Sylvia) is right, whether they are useless.”

People who have worked with Sylvia, including NOC talent Nicole and ex-employee Preston Yeo, said that in one incident, she not only hurled insults at employees,**** but had also tossed a water bottle that “ended up hitting one of the crew members”, when the group “was making too much noise”.

Yeo, who started work as Sylvia's personal assistant but later became a project manager, said that Sylvia instructed him to “help the crew when he was free”, but later scolded him with the F word for helping the crew.

Sylvia’s alleged abusive behaviours apparently affected some of her employees' mental health.

After allegedly getting screamed at by Sylvia, Nicole “recalled trembling anxiously and not being able to eat even after they had wrapped up for the day.”

Screenshots of NOC’s group chat also showed an employee saying they “can’t do this anymore” and had “lost [their] mind,” to which Sylvia replied with “so unreliable”.

Furthermore, four years after leaving NOC, ex-talent Michelle claimed that she was still on medication and mood stabilisers, which she attributed to “the anxiety she developed while working at the company.”

Michelle also recalled that when she confided to Sylvia that she was suffering from depression, Sylvia was indifferent and unsympathetic about her mental health.

Ryan, who is NOC’s co-founder and ex-husband of Sylvia, was said to be “NOC’s unofficial HR department”. He took the role of the “mediator and barrier between Sylvia and employees until ‘things turned nasty post-divorce’.”

Felicia said, “At some point, he couldn’t do more than he already did because whatever he tried to defend, or whoever he tried to speak for, just got marked further with a bull’s eye.”

After the MS News report, an anonymous website that claimed to be authored by current and ex-employees of NOC was published on 19 October. The blog page contains more alleged grievances of NOC staff against Sylvia.

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