Noel Clarke: BAFTA scraps special awards for 2021

The BAFTAs will not honour anyone with a Fellowship or Special Award at this year’s TV ceremony following the scandal surrounding Noel Clarke.

It comes after 20 women made allegations of harassment, sexual misconduct and bullying against Clarke.

BAFTA had announced that it was honouring Clarke for outstanding British contribution to cinema at this year’s film awards in April. However, the allegations later resulted in his BAFTA membership being suspended.

In a statement, 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.’

It’s now been confirmed that bosses have suspended all the individual honours ‘in the gift of the Academy’ rather than voted for by an industry panel for Sunday’s ceremony.

In a statement, Clarke said he was ‘deeply sorry’ for some of his actions, but vehemently denied ‘any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing’, adding that he ‘will be seeking professional help to educate myself and change for the better’.

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