BAFTA suspends Noel Clarke, ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Kidulthood’ star, over abuse allegations
“BAFTA has taken the decision to suspend his membership and the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award immediately and until further notice,” it included.
The suspension comes simply weeks after Clarke was offered the award — among the academy’s most distinguished honors — at its yearly event on April 10.
According to the Guardian, claims of unwanted sexual advances and bullying were made versus Clarke by 20 ladies, all of whom understood him in an expert capability in between 2004 and 2019.
The Guardian declares BAFTA knew a few of the accusations prior to the award event.
“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,” he stated in the declaration. “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.”
CNN has actually called Clarke’s agents for more remark.
In a declaration sent out to its members and shared with CNN, BAFTA stated it had actually gotten accusations versus Clarke ahead of the award event however was not able to act since the claims were made anonymously or indirectly.
“No firsthand allegations were sent to us. No names, times, dates, productions or other details were ever provided,” the academy stated.
“We very much regret that women felt unable to provide us with the kind of firsthand testimony that has now appeared in The Guardian,” it continued, including: “Had we been in receipt of this, we would never have presented the award to Noel Clarke.”
On Friday, UK broadcaster Sky, which just recently aired a 3rd season of Clarke’s investigator series “Bulletproof,” revealed it had actually stopped any future work with him, “effective immediately.” The business stated it “stands against all forms of sexual harassment and bullying and takes any allegations of this nature extremely seriously.”
Vertigo Movies, the production business behind “Bulletproof,” stated: “We are devastated to hear about these allegations and have launched an urgent investigation to find out if any apply to any Vertigo Films productions. Our immediate concern is for any cast or crew who may have had a negative experience on set.”
“Whilst Noel has been a friend and colleague for several years, I cannot stand by and ignore these allegations,” Walters included.
In the wake of the accusations, broadcaster ITV pulled the last episode of “Viewpoint,” a tense, five-part drama starring Clarke, from Friday’s prime-time 9 pm slot, stating it was “no longer appropriate” for the last installation to air. It stated it would make the episode readily available online for a minimal duration.
An ITV representative stated: “ITV has a zero tolerance policy to bullying, harassment and victimisation and robust procedures in place to investigate and deal with any complaints. We strongly believe that everyone deserves to work in a supportive and safe environment.”
In 2006, London-born Clarke won acclaims for his gritty drama “Kidulthood”, a movie he composed and starred in, about a group of distressed west London teens.
The follow up “Adulthood,” which Clarke directed, was launched in 2008 and a 3rd movie, “Brotherhood,” premiered in 2016.
Starring in “Doctor Who” as Mickey Smith, Clarke made history as the Physician’s first-ever Black buddy.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.