Sexual Misconduct Allegations: BAFTA suspends Noel Clarke
Actor Noel Clarke has been suspended from BAFTA after being accused by numerous women of sexual misconduct. Yesterday, in a Guardian investigation, 20 women accused Clarke of misconduct. Claims against Clarke include sexual harassment, exposing himself, filming a naked audition and bullying. He denies all allegations of sexual misconduct.
Clarke said in a statement to The Guardian: ‘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.’
Earlier this month, Clarke was awarded Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at the BAFTAs. The organisation have now said they’ve suspended him, saying in a statement last night: ‘In light of the allegations of serious misconduct regarding Noel Clarke in The Guardian this evening, BAFTA has taken the decision to suspend his membership and the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award immediately and until further notice.’