Entertainment Noel Clarke: Sky ‘halts’ work with the actor as TV and film industry reels from sexual harassment allegations
Noel Clarke suspended by Bafta after misconduct allegations
He accepted the outstanding British contribution to cinema award earlier this month.The academy said in a statement it had also suspended his outstanding British contribution to cinema award, which he was handed earlier this month at the Royal Albert Hall, until further notice.
Sky has “halted” work withas he faces a string of sexual harassment allegations against him.
The move came hours afterdetailed accounts of 20 women who claimed Clarke had groped, sexually harassed and bullied them between 2004 and 2019.
On Thursday evening the Kidulthood actor, 45, said: “I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and intend to defend myself against these false allegations.”
The broadcaster said it has stopped all work with Clarke on the fourth series of police drama Bulletproof, in which he stars opposite Ashley Walters.
Noel Clarke suspended by BAFTA after sexual harassment allegations
BAFTA has suspended Noel Clarke's membership and his recent award for outstanding contribution to British cinema after allegations against him. The decision comes after The Guardian published numerous claims of sexual harassment and bullying against the actor, writer and director that he says he "vehemently denies".In a statement, BAFTA said: "In light of the allegations of serious misconduct regarding Noel Clarke in The Guardian, BAFTA has taken the decision to suspend his membership and the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award immediately and until further notice.
A spokesman said: “Sky stands against all forms of sexual harassment and bullying and takes any allegations of this nature extremely seriously. Effective immediately, we have halted Noel Clarke’s involvement in any future Sky productions.”
Mr Walters said he was “deeply shocked” by the claims and said “my thoughts are with the women who have come forward” with allegations.
Vertigo Films, which produces Bulletproof, said it has removed Clarke from its productions “effective immediately” and launched an investigation into his conduct on the show.
Both Sky and Vertigo said they have not been made aware of any inappropriate behaviour.
A Vertigo Films spokeswoman said: “Our immediate concern is for any cast or crew who may have had a negative experience on set. We have robust procedures in place for reporting incidents, including the ability to raise issues anonymously.
Noel Clarke's showbiz success story - from Doctor Who breakthrough to two BAFTA wins
Noel Clarke, 45, has over the last decade-and-a-half established himself as one of the British film industry's most prominent success stories. © Other Clarke appeared in SAS: Red Notice, released last year, which also starred Andy Serkis His work as an actor, writer, director and producer was recognised earlier this month when he was given BAFTA's prestigious Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award.
“We stand ready to support anyone who has had a negative experience on the show and encourage you to come forward with confidence.”
On Friday, ITV cancelled the broadcast of the final episode of Viewpoint, a five-part police drama series starring Clarke.
All3Media, which backs Clarke’s production company, Unstoppable Film and TV, said: “We take allegations of this kind extremely seriously and are looking into this as a matter of urgency.”
Female TV and film stars including writer-actor Michaela Coel and former Skins star Kaya Scodelario expressed solidarity the women who have come forward with their claims.
Bafta has suspended Clarke’s membership and the“until further notice”.
The Guardian claimed Bafta was told about the “existence of several allegations of verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment against Clarke” thirteen days before he was handed the award on 10 April.
ITV cancels Viewpoint finale following Noel Clarke allegations
"ITV has decided it is no longer appropriate to broadcast the final episode."ITV has decided to pull the finale of Viewpoint following allegations about its lead star Noel Clarke.
Krishnendu Majumdar and Amanda Berry OBE, Bafta’s respective chair and chief executive,: “To be very clear, we did not know about any allegations relating to Noel Clarke prior to the announcement of the OBCC award on 29 March.
“The allegations against Mr Clarke are extremely serious and the behaviour they allege are contrary to BAFTA’s values and everything it stands for. But no matter how abhorrent these allegations are, they cannot be dealt with without due process. BAFTA is an arts charity that is not in a position to properly investigate such matters.
“Had the victims gone on record as they have with The Guardian, the award would have been suspended immediately. Noel Clarke’s counsel received a legal notice to this effect. It was always very clear what our intentions would be.
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