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Noel Clarke has BAFTA revoked after sexual predator allegations

Actor-producer Noel Clarke has been accused of being a sexual predator by 20 women.

Clarke is best known for his work in projects such as Doctor Who and Kidulthood, and was recently awarded the 2021 BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

The Guardian has carried out an investigation however, from which they found that thirteen days before Clarke was awarded his BAFTA, the awards ceremony was informed of the existence of multiple allegations against Clarke. The BAFTAs have acknowledged they did receive anonymous emails and reports of allegations, however they claim they were provided with no evidence that would enable an investigation.

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Following the ceremony, The Guardian spoke to 20 women who all knew Clarke in a professional capacity. These women have accused him of sexual harassment, groping, inappropriate behaviour, professional misconduct, taking and sharing sexually explicit footage without consent, and bullying between 2004 and 2019.

Clarke responded to these allegations with a statement in which he maintained his innocence:

“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.”

His lawyers have also released a 29-page letter, in which they state he categorically denies all but one of the allegations

Following the publication of The Guardian’s findings, the BAFTAs confirmed that the provision of “detailed accounts outlining serious allegations regarding Noel Clarke’s conduct” had now led them to “immediately suspended the award and Noel Clarke’s membership of Bafta until further notice.”

Actress and writer Michaela Coel has since released a statement in support of the women.

Coel recently appeared in the series ‘I May Destroy You’, which she also directed, and was based upon her own experience of sexual assault.

Others have also expressed their shock and disappointment at the news.

Some have also called out the BAFTAs for continuing to award Clarke despite having knowledge of the allegations.

Others have recalled the past feud between Clarke and Adam Deacon, the latter of which suffered a breakdown and was blacklisted by the industry after accusing Clarke of bullying him previously.

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