Bafta has suspended Noel Clarke’s membership following allegations of sexual harassment.
In a statement, the academy said it has also suspended the actor and director’s outstanding British contribution to cinema award, which he won earlier this month at the Royal Albert Hall, until further notice.
Why has he been suspended?
Bafta said it made the decision “in light of the allegations of serious misconduct” published in The Guardian.
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.”
Mr Clarke was presented with his Bafta award at the Royal Albert Hall on 10 April, but a Guardian investigation claims that Bafta was informed about several allegations of verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment against the actor thirteen days before the event.
Bafta has not disputed that it received anonymous emails and reports of allegations via intermediaries, but said it was provided with no evidence that would allow it to investigate.
However, the academy’s decision to honour Mr Clarke with the award led to many women breaking their silence.
The Guardian reports that it has spoken to 20 women, all who knew the actor in a professional capacity, who have accused him of sexual harassment, unwanted touching or groping, talking and sharing sexually explicit pictures and videos without consent, and bullying, between 2004 and 2019.
Mr Clarke has vehemently denied the allegations in a statement to the newspaper.
He 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.”
Who is Noel Clarke?
Mr Clarke is best known for writing and starring in the acclaimed film trilogy Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood, two of which he directed.
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 Wiedersehen, Pet.
He is currently playing the lead role of DC Martin Young in the new ITV crime drama Viewpoint, which debuted on Monday (26 April).
Mr Clarke was first recognised by Bafta in 2009, when he won the Rising Star prize, and he recently accepted the 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.
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