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Entertainment Viewpoint fans 'switch off' and blast ITV for airing latest episode amid Noel Clarke allegations

14:20  30 april  2021
14:20  30 april  2021 Source:   ok.co.uk

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Fans of ITV's new drama Viewpoint say they "switched off" during Thursday night's episode as they couldn't watch Noel Clarke on screens.

Noel, 45, was suspended by BAFTA on Thursday after 20 women accused him of sexual harassment, groping and bullying — allegations which he vehemently denies.

But ITV viewers were left furious as the channel decided to air the series he is currently starring in as usual, despite the allegations being published in The Guardian earlier that day.

The star plays DC Martin Young in the series, and has strongly denied the allegations, with incidents claimed to have taken place between 2004 and 2019.

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Noel Clarke wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: Viewpoint fans say they 'switched over' as they 'couldn't watch' Noel Clarke during Thursday's episode © Ben Blackall/Tiger Aspect Productions Viewpoint fans say they 'switched over' as they 'couldn't watch' Noel Clarke during Thursday's episode

Fans of the show flocked to Twitter to announce they were unable to watch the show on Thursday night after hearing the allegations.

One wrote: "Sorry but I can't watch knowing what I know now. And also, being a woman, it's so much more difficult #Viewpoint."

A second commented: "I thought the only good thing about #Viewpoint was Noel Clarke. After reading all the allegations I’ve just changed my mind and the channel."

Noel Clarke wearing a suit and tie: Noel was accused of sexual harassment, groping and bullying on Thursday, but vehemently denies the allegations © Dave Benett/Getty Images for NETFLIX Noel was accused of sexual harassment, groping and bullying on Thursday, but vehemently denies the allegations Noel Clarke sitting in a car: Noel is currently starring in ITV's new drama Viewpoint © Ben Blackall/Tiger Aspect Productions Noel is currently starring in ITV's new drama Viewpoint

Whilst a third added: "ITV should be ashamed of airing #Viewpoint, totally wrong and disgusting, knowing what we know about Noel Clarke."

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A fourth wrote: "I feel like, given the allegations that have recently surfaced, ITV should have pulled #Viewpoint from tonight's schedule."

With a fifth adding: "I am honestly conflicted about watching the rest of #Viewpoint, with this Noel Clarke story that has just dropped."

Noel Clarke standing in front of a building: Viewers slammed ITV for still showing the programme in light of the allegations © Ben Blackall/Tiger Aspect Productions Viewers slammed ITV for still showing the programme in light of the allegations

It was reported on Thursday that 20 women, who knew Noel in a professional capacity, had come forward to The Guardian and accused him of sexual harassment, unwanted touching or groping, sexually inappropriate behaviour and comments on set, professional misconduct, taking and sharing sexually explicit pictures and videos without consent, and bullying.

The former Doctor Who star vehemently denied the claims in a statement, saying: "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."

He did, however, admit to once making inappropriate comments about a woman, for which he later apologised.

OK! online has contacted a representative for ITV for comment on this story.

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