BAFTA Suspends Actor Noel Clarke From Membership, Recent Award Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations
BAFTA has suspended the membership of actor Noel Clarke, along with his recent Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award, following numerous sexual harassment and bullying allegations made in a Guardian report published Thursday.
In a statement shared with Variety on Thursday evening, BAFTA said: “In light of the allegations of serious misconduct regarding Noel Clarke in The Guardian this evening, BAFTA has taken the decision to suspend his membership and the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award immediately and until further notice.”
The Guardian has spoken with 20 women who worked with Clarke in a professional setting, who have lodged a number of allegations against the “Bulletproof” and “Viewpoint” actor. They include: 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 between 2004 and 2019.
Clarke has, through his lawyers, denied all the allegations made by the 20 women, except for one allegation. He has admitted to once making inappropriate comments about one woman, for which he later apologized.
He said in a statement 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 apologize. I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and intend to defend myself against these false allegations.”
The British actor — whose latest show, ITV drama “Viewpoint,” debuted earlier this week — appeared at the BAFTA Film Awards earlier this month to collect his award.
“This is for the underrepresented. Anyone who sits at home believing they can achieve more,” he told viewers from Royal Albert Hall — one of the few people to appear in person for the largely virtual event. “This is for my Black boys and girls out there who never believed this could happen to them.”
The Guardian reveals in its report that BAFTA, which named Clarke as the recipient of the award in late March, knew about the allegations almost two weeks prior to Clarke accepting the honor during the show. The org “does not dispute it received anonymous emails and reports of allegations via intermediaries, but said it was provided with no evidence that would allow it to investigate,” reports the outlet.
Women came forward alleging abuse following his BAFTA win, according to the Guardian.
Variety has reached out to Noel Clarke’s representatives and lawyer for comment.
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