‘It’s a racist witch hunt’: Actress friend of Noel Clarke claims he’s being ‘unfairly vilified’

ITV cancels tonight’s final episode of Viewpoint – but fans can stream concluding fifth part of crime thriller until Sunday 

Noel Clarke's Bulletproof co-star Ashley Walters (pictured together), posted a statement on social media supporting his alleged victims as Clarke was dropped from the show by Sky

Noel Clarke's Bulletproof co-star Ashley Walters (pictured together), posted a statement on social media supporting his alleged victims as Clarke was dropped from the show by Sky

Noel Clarke’s Bulletproof co-star Ashley Walters (pictured together), posted a statement on social media supporting his alleged victims as Clarke was dropped from the show by Sky

ITV has cancelled the airing of Noel Clarke’s hit show Viewpoint tonight after 20 women accused the star of being a ‘sexual predator’. 

The broadcaster says ‘it is no longer appropriate’ to show the final part of the show at 9pm – instead it will be uploaded to ITV Hub until it is deleted on Sunday because of the scandal engulfing the actor, 45. 

Sky today halted all work with Noel Clarke and cancelled filming of the fourth series of Bulletproof over sexual harassment claims as his co-star Ashley Walters posted a statement on social media supporting his alleged victims. 

An ITV spokesperson said: ‘In light of the very serious nature of the allegations against Noel Clarke raised by 20 women in the Guardian’s report, ITV has decided it is no longer appropriate to broadcast the final episode of the drama Viewpoint on ITV main channel this evening.

‘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. 

‘We are mindful that some of our viewers have already invested four hours of their time over the past four nights in following this thriller which was due to conclude this evening, and they have yet to see the final episode. As such we plan to make it available on ITV Hub tonight for a limited time for any viewers who wish to seek it out, and watch its conclusion.’  An ITV source said there has been no complaints about his behaviour while making Viewpoint.

 

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An actress friend of Noel Clarke told MailOnline today that the 20 women accusing him of being a ‘sexual predator’ are pursuing a racist ‘witchhunt’ as the actor was sacked by Sky, suspended by Bafta and criticised by a co-star who backed his alleged victims.

The actress, who asked not to be named, said the 45-year-old actor, writer and director’s fall from grace is because ‘no one likes it when a man of colour gets to the top’. 

Clarke, who is married to former make-up artist Iris Da Silva with three children, wrote and starred in the acclaimed film trilogy Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood as well as many TV hits including Doctor Who. He is accused of a campaign of sexual harassment, groping and bullying between 2004 and 2019. 

Actress Jahannah James, a star in one of Clarke’s hit movies, Brotherhood, is one of his alleged victims named in the Guardian, claiming she was secretly filmed doing a naked audition that was so upsetting she still cries ‘years later’. She tweeted today: ‘Bafta knew about the allegations before his award and decided they didn’t believe it’.  

A film producer, and friend of Jahannah, claims he admitted he had planned to ‘f**k her then fire her’ her before groping her in a lift as well as exposing himself while driving together in LA, while another actress allegedly propositioned by Clarke described it as her ‘#metoo moment’, a nod to the victims of Harvey Weinstein.

But Clarke’s friend said: ‘If he was a white film director and middle-class, he would be knighted by now, I’m sure of it. I know him and he’s a dear friend and a wonderful person and what he’s done for the film industry is second-to-none. I know exactly who he is and I think he’s being vilified, absolutely vilified’. Asked if she thought there was a racial element to the furore, she replied: ‘100 per cent. Nobody likes it, do they, when a man of colour, and from that class background, gets to the top’.   

Sky today halted all work with Clarke and cancelled filming of his new show Bulletproof over sexual harassment claims – before ITV axed tonight’s final episode of thriller Viewpoint after criticism of its ‘crass’ decision to air a sex scene with him last night.

And his Bulletproof co-star Ashley Walters, posted a statement on social media supporting his alleged victims. He tweeted:  ‘My thoughts are with the women who have come forward and told their awful stories, I am in shock and deeply saddened by what I have heard on a multitude of levels.

‘I could never condone behaviour of this nature neither in nor out of the workplace, and whilst Noel has been a friend and colleague for several years, I cannot standby and ignore these allegations. Sexual harassment, abuse and bullying have no place in our industry. Every woman has the right to a safe workplace and moving forward I pledge my dedication to this.’

Bafta has suspended his membership after women in the film and TV industry accused him of sexual harassment, groping and bullying between 2004 and 2019. 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. 

 The video emerged as 20 women made claims about his conduct, which he denies. His alleged victims claimed: 

  • One woman, who worked as a producer alongside Clarke between 2014 and 2017, alleged that the actor had secretly filmed a naked audition of another woman and bragged about it. She also claimed Clarke exposed himself to her in a car before groping her in a lift the next day. She claims he admitted he initially wanted to ‘f**k and fire her’;
  • According to several accounts, Clarke showed colleagues sexually explicit photos and videos of women, or implied he had access to them. He was also accused of unsolicited sharing of sexually explicit images.
  • Other women have alleged that the actor would subject them to unwanted physical contact, which included kissing or groping.
  • Another, who as a teenager starred in Kidulthood, Clarke’s debut film, said one day near the start of filming he ‘put his tongue in my mouth’ and afterwards would constantly grab her and try to kiss her.   
Actress Jahannah James, a star in one of Clarke's hit movies, Brotherhood, is one of his alleged victims named in the Guardian

Actress Jahannah James, a star in one of Clarke's hit movies, Brotherhood, is one of his alleged victims named in the Guardian

Actress Jahannah James, a star in one of Clarke’s hit movies, Brotherhood, is one of his alleged victims named in the Guardian

Miss James (pictured) is claiming she was secretly filmed doing a naked audition for Brotherhood that was so upsetting she still cries 'years later'

Miss James (pictured) is claiming she was secretly filmed doing a naked audition for Brotherhood that was so upsetting she still cries 'years later'

Miss James (pictured) is claiming she was secretly filmed doing a naked audition for Brotherhood that was so upsetting she still cries 'years later'

Miss James (pictured) is claiming she was secretly filmed doing a naked audition for Brotherhood that was so upsetting she still cries 'years later'

Miss James (pictured left and right) is claiming she was secretly filmed doing a naked audition for Brotherhood that was so upsetting she still cries ‘years later’

Jahannah insists Bafta knew about the claims before they gave him his lifetime achievement award just over a fortnight ago

Jahannah insists Bafta knew about the claims before they gave him his lifetime achievement award just over a fortnight ago

Jahannah insists Bafta knew about the claims before they gave him his lifetime achievement award just over a fortnight ago

Noel Clarke on stage with Camille Coduri during a Doctor Who event where he pretended a microphone was a penis on her shoulder in a film that emerged today as he was accused of abuse by 20 women, which he denies

Noel Clarke on stage with Camille Coduri during a Doctor Who event where he pretended a microphone was a penis on her shoulder in a film that emerged today as he was accused of abuse by 20 women, which he denies

Noel Clarke on stage with Camille Coduri during a Doctor Who event where he pretended a microphone was a penis on her shoulder in a film that emerged today as he was accused of abuse by 20 women, which he denies

Clarke's other female co-star Annette Badland also got the same treatment with the microphone, on her arm and her leg

Clarke's other female co-star Annette Badland also got the same treatment with the microphone, on her arm and her leg

Clarke’s other female co-star Annette Badland also got the same treatment with the microphone, on her arm and her leg

Clarke pictured with his wife, former make-up artist Iris Da Silva, at the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall in February 2017

Clarke pictured with his wife, former make-up artist Iris Da Silva, at the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall in February 2017

Clarke pictured with his wife, former make-up artist Iris Da Silva, at the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall in February 2017

The claims were levelled against Clarke, 45, best known for appearing in Doctor Who and for co-creating The Hood Trilogy, in The Guardian

The claims were levelled against Clarke, 45, best known for appearing in Doctor Who and for co-creating The Hood Trilogy, in The Guardian

Bafta has suspended Noel Clarke’s membership following allegations of misconduct. The claims were levelled against Clarke in The Guardian. Pictured: the actor posing with the award for the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema in London on April 10

The 45-year-old actor pictured in the five-part drama Viewpoint, which follows a tense police surveillance investigation into a tightknit Manchester community. The show went ahead on ITV last night despite the furore

The 45-year-old actor pictured in the five-part drama Viewpoint, which follows a tense police surveillance investigation into a tightknit Manchester community. The show went ahead on ITV last night despite the furore

The 45-year-old actor pictured in the five-part drama Viewpoint, which follows a tense police surveillance investigation into a tightknit Manchester community. The show went ahead on ITV last night despite the furore

Noel Clarke: The Rags to riches Kidulthood star from Ladbrooke Grove who had ‘no choice’ but to write his own roles after realising he’d never land the jobs he wanted as a black actor 

Noel Clarke always felt an outsider in the British film industry, claiming he wasn’t ever welcomed.  

But just last month he was welcomed by Bafta and handed a Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema in London on April 10. 

Clarke lives in the capital with his wife, former make-up artist Iris Da Silva, and their three children with an estimated fortune of £3million.

Noel rose to fame with the The Hood Trilogy, semi-biographical films about life in West London where he grew up.

He said recently that he had to write his own roles after realising he’d never land the jobs he wanted as a black actor 

From 2006-2016 Noel wrote, directed and starred in the acclaimed trilogy of films Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood. 

The well-received movies follow a group of teenagers as they navigate life outside the law in Ladbroke Grove, West London.

Noel told Interview magazine: ‘I grew up in Ladbroke Grove… which sounds really glamorous now, but at the time it wasn’t very glamorous.’

‘In the ’60s and late ’50s, it was a place where they shoved a lot of the black people that were coming over.’

And, in 2007, Noel set up his own production company Unstoppable Entertainment to try and promote more diversity in the film and TV industry.

He started the venture with his fellow actor Jason Maza, 33, who he later collaborated with on the next series he wrote – Bulletproof, which starred himself and Ashley Walters.

The pair originally struggled to get the show commissioned and Noel told Sky News at the time he didn’t ‘think the country was ready’ for their positive depiction of two black lead characters.

Noel recently accepted his BAFTA Award after being praised for his TV show Bulletproof and the film series Kidulthood which sees black working class characters take centre stage.

The former Doctor Who star’s prize came after he received the Rising Star Award in 2009.

Despite his huge success, with his ITV series Viewpoint set to begin later this month, Noel said he still feels like an outsider in the industry.

He added: ‘This is about class. My films aren’t [deemed] worthy. They’re written, directed and acted by working-class people and they’re about working-class people… For 20 years, I’ve been made to feel like I do not belong.

‘The business has always tried to say I don’t belong and push me out. I won’t sit here and lay blame on people, because it’s here’ – at this point he taps his head – ‘but that’s part of what fuels me’. 

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Clarke’s agent and manager, both at 42M&P, said last night they no longer represent him. 

The actor and director, 45, who is married to former make-up artist Iris Da Silva with three children, wrote and starred in the acclaimed film trilogy Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood as well as many TV hits including Doctor Who. 

But he has been rocked by allegations by women that he has worked with that he is an alleged ‘sexual predator’, who claim he harassed, groped and bullied at work, which he denied in a statement from his lawyers.  He said he ‘sincerely apologised’ to colleagues who felt ‘uncomfortable or disrespected’, but slammed claims of sexual misconduct or wrongdoing as ‘false allegations’. The incidents don’t appear to have been reported to police.

As the allegations emerged, a video from 2019 surfaced online showing Clarke on stage during a Doctor Who Q&A with fans where he joked about actor John Barrowman’s alleged proclivity for getting his penis out on set. Barrowman had apologised publicly after a similar incident on BBC Switch.

Clarke’s two female co-stars Annette Badland and Camille Coduri are seen as he uses microphone as a prop phallus, hitting them on their legs and even resting it on Camille’s shoulders, with viewers saying they were ‘squirming while watching’. 

Clarke says: ‘For the record, any men out there, do not try that at work. You will be fired and possibly go to jail.’ 

The sexual harassment claims were levelled against Clarke, best known for co-creating The Hood Trilogy, in The Guardian last night. Clarke vehemently denied the allegations in a statement to the newspaper, which claims it informed Bafta of the allegations by the 20 women 13 days before they handed him his outstanding contribution award on April 10. 

The allegations emerged last night, just before his new crime drama Viewpoint was due to air on ITV. Noel, 45, plays main character DC Martin Young, but the broadcaster, which was said to be in crisis mode, resisted calls to pull it, despite a sex scene involving him at the end of the episode. 

One viewer tweeted: ‘This should definitely have been pulled tonight and should be taken off itvplayer until this is settled’. Another wrote: ‘It featured a sex scene involving… him. Absolutely shouldn’t have been broadcast’. 

He said: ‘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.’

The Guardian has spent months investigating the allegations. 

Actress Jahannah James, a star in one of Clarke’s hit movies, Brotherhood, is one of his alleged victims named in the Guardian. She has shared the article on Twitter, adding: ‘Bafta knew about the allegations before his award and decided they didn’t believe it’.

A former friend of Clarke’s and a movie producer, told Miss James that he had secretly filmed her during a naked audition.

James told the newspaper said: ‘I was told 100% it was not going to be on camera,’ adding she was told that it was a practice run to ensure ‘she wasn’t going to ‘bottle it’ on the day’.

She added: ‘I was so upset. Now, years later, I still cry when I talk about it. I want people to know, because I hate the idea that he can secretly film young actresses – who have no idea that they’re not supposed to be getting naked in auditions – and go on to get a Bafta’.

Through his lawyers Clarke denied the claims were true. A casting director present told the Guardian there was ‘absolutely no way’ it would have been secretly filmed or covert.

Another woman in the film industry told the Guardian that on a 2015 trip to LA with Clarke he exposed himself in a car, and she said to him: ‘Noel that’s not right’

She claims they went for lunch the following day and she claims: ‘He told me I made him feel like an old man’. But later she claims he groped her in a lift saying he had said he had now got ‘what he was owed’, as she ‘pushed him away’.

The woman claims he also told her that he had planned ‘to f**k her and fire her’. She also claims that he had said he would ‘brag’ about ‘storing sexually explicit pictures and videos on his hard drive, including footage he told her he had secretly filmed during naked auditions’, according to the Guardian.

Through his lawyers, Clarke denied he ever sexually harassed her, and denied all her allegations.

Another film producer told the Guardian that Clarke smacked her on the bottom, and she said: ‘I didn’t like that’ She also claims that he later sent her a picture of an ‘erect penis’ on Snapchat, which the Guardian has seen.

Clarke denies he slapped her bottom and said he did not recall sending her the picture, the newspaper said.

A production assistant, who worked on Brotherhood, claims she once saw Clarke in the office, surrounded by a group of people who were ‘sniggering and looking at me’.

She told the Guardian ‘she remembers the image of her knickers on Clarke’s phone’, adding she believed the picture was taken when she did the splits at a party.

She said she went to grab the phone and it fell on the phone and smashed. Clarke then sent her to a repair shop to get it fixed, she said, adding: ‘It was the final act of humiliation’. Clarke strongly denies the allegations.

Leila, not her real name, claims she was subjected to an unwanted sexual contact from Clarke in a storage room on set, saying: ‘He is a bully as well as a sexual predator’. Clarke strongly denies the allegations. 

Sky ‘halts’ all work with Noel Clarke and cancels filming of his Bulletproof show over sex claims – as ITV faces pressure to axe tonight’s final part of Viewpoint after viewers slam ‘crass’ decision to air sex scene with him 

Noel Clarke pictured in the five-part drama Viewpoint, which follows a tense police surveillance investigation into a tightknit Manchester community. The show went ahead on ITV last night (including this sex scene with co-star Alexandra Roach) despite the furore

Noel Clarke pictured in the five-part drama Viewpoint, which follows a tense police surveillance investigation into a tightknit Manchester community. The show went ahead on ITV last night (including this sex scene with co-star Alexandra Roach) despite the furore

Noel Clarke pictured in the five-part drama Viewpoint, which follows a tense police surveillance investigation into a tightknit Manchester community. The show went ahead on ITV last night (including this sex scene with co-star Alexandra Roach) despite the furore

Sky today halted all work with Noel Clarke and cancelled filming of his new show over sexual harassment claims – as ITV faced pressure to axe tonight’s final episode of thriller Viewpoint after criticism of its ‘crass’ decision to air a sex scene with him. 

Sky said ‘effective immediately’ it would be ‘halting’ Clarke’s ‘involvement in all future productions’ until an undefined date. 

The actor, 45, has starred in three series of Bulletproof, an East London crime drama, with filming on the fourth set to start later this year. 

Young appeared in the penultimate episode of Viewpoint yesterday, which aired an hour after 20 women accused him of sexual harassment, groping and bullying between 2004 and 2019 in claims he has vehemently denied. 

TV presenter India Willoughby joined growing numbers of Twitter users calling on the channel to ‘do the right thing’ and axe tonight’s final episode of hit crime drama, which has been running every day this week.   

She wrote: ‘Let’s see if ITV do the right thing and drop tonight’s final episode of Noel Clarke drama #Viewpoint , while the allegations are investigated. Big on statements this year. One for the women, seeing it’s a female orientated channel?’ 

Others criticised ITV for continuing to air last night’s episode of Viewpoint, which included a sex scene involving Clarke as lead character DC Martin Young and the actress Alexandra Roach.   

 

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An intern on the film Doghouse, which Clarke starred in, said he ‘started trying to kiss me on the lips, in front of everyone’, which she resisted. ‘He probably tried it like three to five times with me, maybe more,’ she said.

An actress who worked with Clarke on the film SAS: Red Notice said he invited her for dinner and then allegedly told her he wanted them to go to where he was staying to have sex.

She claims: ‘He said he couldn’t help it: ‘It’s how you make me feel, I just really want to’. Really laying it on thick and grossly and quite explicitly’. She said no, and he allegedly said: ‘All right, fine, don’t tell anyone about this, yeah? ‘Cause if you do, it will get back to me, I will find out’. She later told a friend: ‘I’ve been #metooed’. Clarke strongly denies the allegations.

One costume department worker said that she was harassed by Clarke when he got changed on set. She told the Guardian: ‘He would say I had a really nice body and that, if he hadn’t married his wife, I would have been ideal… and how he could make my career. And then he would touch my knee’. Clarke strongly denies the allegations. 

An art director claimed that Clarke ‘violated industry norms for the ethical filming of sex or nude scenes’. She said that his production hired strippers to perform some scenes instead of actresses’, and that people didn’t feel safe on set.

She claimed on one occasion: ‘There were about 10 random people behind me, watching [on monitors]. It appeared they turned up to watch the naked girls, The duty of care was not there for the girls’.

She added that on one shoot in December 2015 an extra was ‘straddling’ a male actor. ‘The camera was right behind her. She was completely naked. And I know for a fact we could never have used that shot, because you could see up her bum hole’.

The art director told the Guardian that once another actor was asked to play with her naked breasts on camera. She said: ‘I remember thinking at the time: surely they wouldn’t be able to use half the stuff they were filming’. Clarke strongly denies the allegations.

A producer said Clarke acted inappropriately when she was asked to drive him to work.

She said: ‘It was just constant, inappropriate comments. He was always trying to steer the conversation towards sex’. Clarke then got her a small acting role.

‘He said to me: ‘So I’ve got you this nurse’s role, what are you going to do for me?’ And I was like: ‘I am going to act really well in the part.’ And he was like: ‘No, obviously. But what are you going to do for me?’ I didn’t know what to say.’. It felt like he took advantage of the fact that he was in a powerful position.’ She added ‘He’s a scary person’.

Clarke denies all the claims. 

The Guardian claims that Noel Clarke and his friend Jason Maza, an actor, have contacted at least five people spoken to by the paper since it started its investigation.

Clarke reportedly said: ‘If there’s someone that was like a consensual that’s changed their mind five years later, well, firstly, that’s fucking ridiculous. Secondly, they still have to prove it. And I’m not trying to be that guy that’s like: hahaha I’m guilty, prove it. I’m not trying to be that guy. But they still have to prove it.’

In the phone call he allegedly said: ‘If a bunch of people go: he commented on my bum, or he mentioned my tits, it’s like– why do you need to take it this far? I’ll just say sorry to you. Tell me and I’ll be like: I’m so sorry. You’re right, I said that, I was wrong’.

Maza allegedly made other calls, but Clarke’s lawyers deny he asked him to. Maza’s lawyers say he was approaching ‘friends in the industry’ to fight back against ‘untrue’ allegations.

He allegedly told one person: ‘I mean, we know Noel 100% has done things where he needs to put his hand up for and he has been inappropriate at times and whatever’. Maza’s lawyers said it was not a comment about any of the people who have come forward to the Guardian.

After the story didn’t appear following Clarke’s Bafta win he allegedly said: ‘Obviously, this article hasn’t broken in the Guardian and it won’t run in the Guardian now. As far as we’re concerned, the thing has now gone away as much as Noel can do in his power’. He also allegedly said that Clarke had spent a ‘fortune’ on private investigators.

Clarke as Mickey and Billie Piper as Rose in a Christmas episode for BBC One's Doctor Who

Clarke as Mickey and Billie Piper as Rose in a Christmas episode for BBC One's Doctor Who

Clarke as Mickey and Billie Piper as Rose in a Christmas episode for BBC One’s Doctor Who 

Paul Ritter as Leonard Vance, Alex Kingston as Ruth Hattersley, Reece Shearsmith as DS Sean Stone and Clarke as DCI Carl Prior in the TV programme 'Chasing Shadows'

Paul Ritter as Leonard Vance, Alex Kingston as Ruth Hattersley, Reece Shearsmith as DS Sean Stone and Clarke as DCI Carl Prior in the TV programme 'Chasing Shadows'

Paul Ritter as Leonard Vance, Alex Kingston as Ruth Hattersley, Reece Shearsmith as DS Sean Stone and Clarke as DCI Carl Prior in the TV programme ‘Chasing Shadows’

Clarke as DC Martin Young in Viewpoint, which is a British ITV five-part drama. He co-founded his own production company, Unstoppable Entertainment, in 2007

Clarke as DC Martin Young in Viewpoint, which is a British ITV five-part drama. He co-founded his own production company, Unstoppable Entertainment, in 2007

Clarke as DC Martin Young in Viewpoint, which is a British ITV five-part drama. He co-founded his own production company, Unstoppable Entertainment, in 2007

The women accusing Noel Clarke of harassment, voyeurism groping and bullying

The actress 

Actress Jahann’ah James, a star in one of Clarke’s hit movies, Brotherhood (pictured together), is one of his alleged victims named in the Guardian. She has shared the article on Twitter, adding: ‘Bafta knew about the allegations before his award and decided they didn’t believe it’.

A former friend of Clarke’s and a movie producer, told Miss James that he had secretly filmed her during a naked audition.

James told the newspaper said: ‘I was told 100% it was not going to be on camera,’ adding she was told that it was a practice run to ensure ‘she wasn’t going to ‘bottle it’ on the day’.

She added: ‘I was so upset. Now, years later, I still cry when I talk about it. I want people to know, because I hate the idea that he can secretly film young actresses – who have no idea that they’re not supposed to be getting naked in auditions – and go on to get a Bafta’. Clarke denied the claims were true. 

The producer 

Another woman in the film industry told the Guardian that on a 2015 trip to LA with Clarke he exposed himself in a car, and she said to him: ‘Noel that’s not right’

She claims they went for lunch the following day and she claims: ‘He told me I made him feel like an old man’. But later she claims he groped her in a lift saying he had said he had now got ‘what he was owed’, as she ‘pushed him away’.

The woman claims he also told her that he had planned ‘to f**k her and fire her’. She also claims that he had said he would ‘brag’ about ‘storing sexually explicit pictures and videos on his hard drive, including footage he told her he had secretly filmed during naked auditions’, according to the Guardian.

Through his lawyers, Clarke denied he ever sexually harassed her, and denied all her allegations.

The production assistant 

A production assistant, who worked on Brotherhood, claims she once saw Clarke in the office, surrounded by a group of people who were ‘sniggering and looking at me’.

She told the Guardian ‘she remembers the image of her knickers on Clarke’s phone’, adding she believed the picture was taken when she did the splits at a party.

She said she went to grab the phone and it fell on the phone and smashed. Clarke then sent her to a repair shop to get it fixed, she said, adding: ‘It was the final act of humiliation’. Clarke strongly denies the allegations.

Leila, not her real name, claims she was subjected to an unwanted sexual contact from Clarke in a storage room on set, saying: ‘He is a bully as well as a sexual predator’. Clarke strongly denies the allegations.

An intern on the film Doghouse, which Clarke starred in, said he ‘started trying to kiss me on the lips, in front of everyone’, which she resisted. ‘He probably tried it like three to five times with me, maybe more,’ she said.

Costume designer 

One costume department worker said that she was harassed by Clarke when he got changed on set. She told the Guardian: ‘He would say I had a really nice body and that, if he hadn’t married his wife, I would have been ideal… and how he could make my career. And then he would touch my knee’. Clarke strongly denies the allegations.

Art director 

An art director claimed that Clarke ‘violated industry norms for the ethical filming of sex or nude scenes’. She said that his production hired strippers to perform some scenes instead of actresses’, and that people didn’t feel safe on set.

She claimed on one occasion: ‘There were about 10 random people behind me, watching [on monitors]. It appeared they turned up to watch the naked girls, The duty of care was not there for the girls’.

She added that on one shoot in December 2015 an extra was ‘straddling’ a male actor. ‘The camera was right behind her. She was completely naked. And I know for a fact we could never have used that shot, because you could see up her bum hole’.

The art director told the Guardian that once another actor was asked to play with her naked breasts on camera. She said: ‘I remember thinking at the time: surely they wouldn’t be able to use half the stuff they were filming’. Clarke strongly denies the allegations.  

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Michaela Coel has said she stands with Noel Clarke’s accusers ‘in their indignation’ after 20 women made allegations of misconduct.

The actress, who created I May Destroy You, a drama about consent and sexual assault, praised the women for coming forward and offered solidarity.

Clarke has ‘vehemently’ denied sexual misconduct accusations, levelled against him by reporting in the Guardian newspaper.

Coel wrote on Twitter: ‘I am here to offer great support for the 20 brave women who have come forward; those who have shared their identities with us, but also those who have preferred to use an alias; the mental hurdles a black woman must overcome to do such a thing as reveal their identity within a narrative of rape abuse or bullying at the hands of someone within our own community can sometimes be too much.

‘Speaking out about these incidents takes a lot of strength because some call them ‘grey areas’.

‘They are however far from grey.

‘These behaviours are unprofessional, violent and can destroy a person’s perception of themselves, their place in the world and their career irreparably.

‘I have shared to show solidarity, to express my belief in them and to stand with them in their indignation.

‘I applaud the Guardian and its journalists for investigating and publishing this story.’

Earlier this month Clarke, who is an actor, writer, director and producer, was given one of Bafta’s highest honours, the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award.

The British Academy has since suspended Clarke’s membership and the award.

Clarke has said in a statement: ‘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.’

 

Despite the claims, ITV last night aired the penultimate episode of Viewpoint, in which Clarke plays the lead. Clarke’s agent and manager, both at 42M&P, said last night they no longer represent him.

The statement from 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.’ 

Management and production company 42 M&P said it stopped representing Clarke earlier this month. 

A spokesman said: ‘Noel Clarke was a client of 42 M&P until April this year but the company no longer represents him.’ 

He made his first TV appearance more than 20 years ago in the Channel 4 series Metrosexuality, and gained fame for his roles as Mickey Smith in Doctor Who and Wyman Norris in Auf Wiedershen, Pet.

He co-founded his own production company, Unstoppable Entertainment, in 2007, which has produced films including Jessica Hynes’ directorial debut The Fight, and 10×10, directed by Suzi Ewing and starring Luke Evans and Kelly Reilly.

In 2018, the company joined forces with All3Media and launched Unstoppable Film and Television to expand their remit to include television, which led to the launch of Sky One drama Bulletproof, in which he stars with Ashley Walters.

Clarke was first recognised by Bafta in 2009, when he won the Rising Star prize.

He accepted outstanding contribution award in early April. The gong is among Bafta’s highest prizes and is presented annually in honour of Michael Balcon, the British film producer known for his work with Ealing Studios.

Previous recipients include Andy Serkis and Ridley and Tony Scott. 

Bafta has said it ‘did not know about any allegations relating to Noel Clarke prior to the announcement of the OBCC award on 29 March’.

The organisation was responding to an article in Thursday’s Guardian in which claims were levelled against Clarke.

Following the claims, which Clarke said he ‘vehemently denies’, Bafta announced it was suspending his membership and his outstanding British contribution to cinema award until further notice.

Updating its members on Friday, the organisation said in a letter: ‘We wanted to inform you of the background to this situation to give you the full picture.

‘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.

‘We want to reassure you that we have treated this matter with the utmost seriousness, care and proper process at every stage. The Bafta Board of Trustees has remained right across this matter, has met a number of times and are fully supportive of all actions taken’.

‘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.’

Clarke starring as Charlie and Laura Haddock as Nikki in the British science fiction-horror film 'Storage 24', which was released in 2012

Clarke starring as Charlie and Laura Haddock as Nikki in the British science fiction-horror film 'Storage 24', which was released in 2012

Clarke starring as Charlie and Laura Haddock as Nikki in the British science fiction-horror film ‘Storage 24’, which was released in 2012

Clarke, pictured with Adam Deacon, wrote and starred in the acclaimed film trilogy Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood, and directed two of them

Clarke, pictured with Adam Deacon, wrote and starred in the acclaimed film trilogy Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood, and directed two of them

Clarke, pictured with Adam Deacon, wrote and starred in the acclaimed film trilogy Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood, and directed two of them

Bafta insists it has not ignored allegations  

Clarke, pictured above, vehemently denied the allegations from all 20 women in a statement to the newspaper

Clarke, pictured above, vehemently denied the allegations from all 20 women in a statement to the newspaper

Clarke, pictured above, vehemently denied the allegations from all 20 women in a statement to the newspaper

Bafta has said it treated allegations against actor and producer Noel Clarke with ‘the utmost seriousness, care and proper process at every stage’.

Earlier this month the British Academy honoured Clarke with the outstanding British contribution to cinema award, after it had been informed of accusations of misconduct.

Some 20 women, who knew Clarke in a professional capacity, have come forward with allegations in The Guardian newspaper.

Clarke has ‘vehemently’ denied the claims of sexual misconduct.

Bafta has suspended Clarke’s award and his membership and sought to clarify to members why it proceeded with plans to celebrate the actor at the recent film awards.

MP Stella Creasy said the allegations posed ‘very uncomfortable questions for Bafta’, while shadow Northern Ireland minister Alex Davies Jones said: ‘If @Bafta gave Noel Clarke an ‘outstanding contribution award’ despite knowing about the allegations against him then there are serious questions that need answering immediately.’

In a letter to its membership, Bafta said it was not aware of allegations relating to Clarke before announcing he would be given the award and it was in the days following the announcement in March that the body received anonymous emails of second or third-hand accounts.

The letter said: ‘We want to reassure you that we have treated this matter with the utmost seriousness, care and proper process at every stage.

‘The Bafta Board of Trustees has remained right across this matter, has met a number of times and are fully supportive of all actions taken.

‘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.’

 

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Sky ‘halts’ all work with Noel Clarke and cancels filming of his Bulletproof show over sex claims – as ITV faces pressure to axe tonight’s final part of Viewpoint after viewers slam ‘crass’ decision to air sex scene with him

Sky today halted all work with Noel Clarke and cancelled filming of his new show over sexual harassment claims – as ITV faced pressure to axe tonight’s final episode of thriller Viewpoint after criticism of its ‘crass’ decision to air a sex scene with him. 

Sky said ‘effective immediately’ it would be ‘halting’ Clarke’s ‘involvement in all future productions’ until an undefined date. 

The actor, 45, has starred in three series of Bulletproof, an East London crime drama, with filming on the fourth set to start later this year. 

Young appeared in the penultimate episode of Viewpoint yesterday, which aired an hour after 20 women accused him of sexual harassment, groping and bullying between 2004 and 2019 in claims he has vehemently denied. 

TV presenter India Willoughby joined growing numbers of Twitter users calling on the channel to ‘do the right thing’ and axe tonight’s final episode of hit crime drama, which has been running every day this week.   

She wrote: ‘Let’s see if ITV do the right thing and drop tonight’s final episode of Noel Clarke drama #Viewpoint , while the allegations are investigated. Big on statements this year. One for the women, seeing it’s a female orientated channel?’ 

Others criticised ITV for continuing to air last night’s episode of Viewpoint, which included a sex scene involving Clarke as lead character DC Martin Young and the actress Alexandra Roach.   

Noel Clarke pictured in the five-part drama Viewpoint, which follows a tense police surveillance investigation into a tightknit Manchester community. The show went ahead on ITV last night (including this sex scene with co-star Alexandra Roach) despite the furore

Noel Clarke pictured in the five-part drama Viewpoint, which follows a tense police surveillance investigation into a tightknit Manchester community. The show went ahead on ITV last night (including this sex scene with co-star Alexandra Roach) despite the furore

Noel Clarke pictured in the five-part drama Viewpoint, which follows a tense police surveillance investigation into a tightknit Manchester community. The show went ahead on ITV last night (including this sex scene with co-star Alexandra Roach) despite the furore

TV presenter India Willoughby joined growing numbers of Twitter users calling on the channel to 'do the right thing' and axe the hit crime drama, which has been running every day this week

TV presenter India Willoughby joined growing numbers of Twitter users calling on the channel to 'do the right thing' and axe the hit crime drama, which has been running every day this week

TV presenter India Willoughby joined growing numbers of Twitter users calling on the channel to ‘do the right thing’ and axe the hit crime drama, which has been running every day this week

A spokesperson for Sky said today: ‘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.’ 

Clarke said in response to the allegations: ‘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.’ 

‘Incredibly crass decision to broadcast this,’ one Twitter user wrote last night, with a second adding: ‘Well this is uncomfortable.’ 

Others also vented their anger on the social network.  

Debbie Blackman tweeted: ‘Very awkward about showing #Viewpoint tonight. I want to see what happens but doesn’t seem right somehow.’ 

Christian Bevan said: ‘Why are @ITV still showing #Viewpoint? Surely you have to pull the programme.’ 

And Noel Elkins added: ‘Totally wrong decision for @itv to be showing #Viewpoint.’   

Clarke has starred in three series of Bulletproof, an East London crime drama, (pic) with filming on the fourth set to start later this year

Clarke has starred in three series of Bulletproof, an East London crime drama, (pic) with filming on the fourth set to start later this year

Clarke has starred in three series of Bulletproof, an East London crime drama, (pic) with filming on the fourth set to start later this year

Others also vented their anger against ITV on the social network. MailOnline has contacted the channel for comment

Others also vented their anger against ITV on the social network. MailOnline has contacted the channel for comment

Others also vented their anger against ITV on the social network. MailOnline has contacted the channel for comment 

ITV bosses took urgent steps to remove all mention of Clarke from the continuity announcements for Viewpoint yesterday, according to reports. 

A source told Daily Star: ‘Viewpoint was billed as ITV’s big crime drama but it’s now in turmoil. 

‘The news broke an hour before episode 4 was due to air and ITV made an active decision not to mention Noel in the voice over announcement on Thursday.

‘Bosses are now in talks about how to proceed promoting the rest of the show which continues on Friday.’ 

MailOnline has contacted ITV for comment.   

Bafta has now suspended the award-winning director’s membership and his outstanding British contribution to cinema award, which he was handed earlier this month at the Royal Albert Hall. 

Clarke, who is married to former make-up artist Iris Da Silva with three children, wrote and starred in the acclaimed film trilogy Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood as well as many TV hits including Doctor Who.

But he has been rocked by allegations by women that he has worked with that he is an alleged ‘sexual predator’, who claim he harassed, groped and bullied at work, which he denied in a statement from his lawyers.

He said he ‘sincerely apologised’ to colleagues who felt ‘uncomfortable or disrespected’, but slammed claims of sexual misconduct or wrongdoing as ‘false allegations’.

The claims were levelled against Clarke, best known for appearing in Doctor Who and for co-creating The Hood Trilogy, in The Guardian last night. 

Paul Ritter as Leonard Vance, Alex Kingston as Ruth Hattersley, Reece Shearsmith as DS Sean Stone and Clarke as DCI Carl Prior in the TV programme 'Chasing Shadows'

Paul Ritter as Leonard Vance, Alex Kingston as Ruth Hattersley, Reece Shearsmith as DS Sean Stone and Clarke as DCI Carl Prior in the TV programme 'Chasing Shadows'

Paul Ritter as Leonard Vance, Alex Kingston as Ruth Hattersley, Reece Shearsmith as DS Sean Stone and Clarke as DCI Carl Prior in the TV programme ‘Chasing Shadows’

One woman, who worked as a producer alongside Clarke between 2014 and 2017, alleged that the actor had secretly filmed a naked audition of another woman and bragged about it.

She also claimed Clarke exposed himself to her in a car before groping her in a lift the next day.

According to several accounts, Clarke showed colleagues sexually explicit photos and videos of women, or implied he had access to them. He was also accused of unsolicited sharing of sexually explicit images.

Other women have alleged that the actor would subject them to unwanted physical contact, which included kissing or groping.

Another, who as a teenager starred in Kidulthood, Clarke’s debut film, said one day near the start of filming he ‘put his tongue in my mouth’ and afterwards would constantly grab her and try to kiss her. 

It is alleged that when Clarke heard about a newspaper investigation into the allegations, he attempted to contact several of his accusers. 

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