Bafta has suspended award-winning TV and movie star Noel Clarke whereas it investigates allegations of sexual harassment and bullying.
A Guardian investigation experiences accusations of verbal abuse and groping towards the 45-year-old actor-producer, who rose to fame in BBC sequence Doctor Who and London drama movie Kidulthood.
The newspaper stated it had spoken to twenty girls, all of whom knew Clarke in an expert capability. Two are quoted describing him as a “sexual predator”.
Women alleged he had engaged in sexual harassment, undesirable touching, groping, sexually inappropriate behaviour, bullying and unprofessional misconduct between 2004 and 2019.
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Clarke stated in an announcement to The Guardian: “In a 20-year profession, I’ve put inclusivity and variety on the forefront of my work and by no means had a criticism made towards me.
“If anybody who has labored with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespected, I sincerely apologise. I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and intend to defend myself towards these false allegations.”
Earlier this month, Clarke acquired a Bafta for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema. He accepted the award with a speech devoted to “the underrepresented, anybody who sits at residence believing that they will obtain extra”.
In an announcement, Bafta stated: “In gentle of the allegations of severe misconduct relating to Noel Clarke in The Guardian, Bafta has taken the choice to droop his membership and the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award instantly and till additional discover.”
Clarke acquired the Bafta Rising Star award in 2009. He has been showing on screens this week in ITV’s drama sequence Viewpoint.