In a tumultuous 72 hours British actor and producer, Noel Clarke has taken a high fall from grace over sexual allegations that first came to light in the broadsheet The Guardian.
In an unprecedented and harrowing article investigated by Sirin Kale and Lucy Osborne, alleged misconduct by the Actor is described by 20 individuals.
This includes ‘unwanted touching or groping, sexually inappropriate behaviour, misconduct and taking and sharing sexually explicit pictures and videos without consent”.
It paints a damming picture from an actor who has long shared the struggle he overcame to be a success in the industry, from being purposefully removed from film posters to overcoming racial prejudice.
I sincerely apologise.
Clarke has strongly denied these allegations releasing a statement through his lawyers to the Guardian:
In a 20-year career, I have put inclusivity and diversity at the forefront of my work and never had a complaint made against me. If anyone who has worked with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespected, I sincerely apologise. I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and intend to defend myself against these false allegations.
At the 2021 BAFTA awards, he was presented with one of its most honourable achievements, ‘Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema”, with the committee chair noting he was an ‘inspiration’.
Yet if these allegations are found to be true, this would not only be a horrific set of crimes and predatory behaviour with a long list of individual victims but also show an appalling hypocrisy from an actor who would have criminally abused his power and position.
BAFTA was aware of the allegations against Noel Clarke
Further controversy has erupted knowing now that BAFTA for at least 2 weeks prior to the award being given to the Actor.
The group were alerted by at least 3 industry figures about the allegations and investigation weeks prior to the ceremony.
What’s more baffling is that they chose to give the Award, without any prior investigation and they have since suspended his BAFTA membership and the award itself.
SKY who worked with Clarke on Bulletproof with a fourth season expected has since “halted” any work with Noel Clarke for the foreseeable future.
ITV was widely criticised on Twitter for showing the fourth episode of the current drama Viewpoint in light of the allegations.
They subsequently placed the finale on their ITV Hub and not on television.
They too have put on hold any future projects in light of these allegations.
It has since been rev-elated this weekend a third party has reported Clarke to the Metropolitan police.
Whilst a ‘third party’ can’t directly cause an investigation not being a victim, it can begin a paper trail and help police correlate between other cases or victims in their records.
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