BAFTA has taken the decision to cancel their planned ‘Fellowships and Special Awards’ for the 2021 ceremony following the allegations of sexual misconduct made against actor Noel Clarke.
Clarke, known for his work on Brotherhood and other acclaimed projects, has been accused of groping, bullying and sexual harassment by 20 different women. The news arrived just a matter of weeks after the actor collected a BAFTA at the Royal Albert Hall back on April 10th for an Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.
Thirteen days prior to Clarke receiving the award, The Guardian was able to find evidence that the BAFTA committee had received notification regarding several allegations of verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment, calling into question the ethics of the star still receiving the accolade. BAFTA’s subsequently stated that whilst they received emails, there was no substantiated evidence provide that could call for them to investigate the claims.
Shortly after, BAFTA took the decision to suspend Clarke following an investigation. Now, a spokesperson from BAFTA has revealed that the organisation has opted to withhold the Fellowships and Special Awards this year: “We have recently announced that we are conducting a review of the processes governing awards that are in the gift of the academy, so we have temporarily paused the Special Awards and Fellowships and they will not feature in this Sunday’s ceremony,” they told Metro.
When announcing the suspension of Clarke, BAFTA stated: “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.”
Noel Clarke has vehemently denied all the allegations brought against him.