Noel Clarke vows to change for better but denies misconduct claims

British actor accused of sexual harassment, intimidation and bullying by 20 women

Britain’s motion picture academy suspended actor-director Noel Clarke after a newspaper reported multiple women had accused him of sexual harassment or bullying. AP.
Britain’s motion picture academy suspended actor-director Noel Clarke after a newspaper reported multiple women had accused him of sexual harassment or bullying. AP.

British actor-director Noel Clarke said on Friday he would be seeking professional help to “change for the better” after 20 women accused him of sexual harassment, intimidation and bullying.

Clarke, who starred in Doctor Who and created the film trilogy Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood, said he “vehemently” denied any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing.

“Recent reports, however, have made it clear to me that some of my actions have affected people in ways I did not intend or realise,” he said. “To those individuals, I am deeply sorry. I will be seeking professional help to educate myself and change for the better.”

Clarke, 45, issued the statement a day after The Guardian newspaper said it had spoken to 20 women who accused him of misconduct including sexual harassment, unwanted touching, sexually inappropriate behaviour on set and bullying. The newspaper named several of the women.

After the allegations were published, Britain’s motion picture academy suspended Clarke’s membership and his award for outstanding British contribution to cinema, given to him in April, “immediately and until further notice”.

Broadcaster Sky said it was halting work with Clarke, and television channel ITV pulled the final episode of the crime series Viewpoint, which stars Clarke and was due for broadcast on Friday. The broadcaster said it had “a zero-tolerance policy to bullying, harassment and victimisation”.

Updated: May 2, 2021 04:06 PM

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