The Metropolitan Police has confirmed that more women have come forward with allegations against disgraced actor Noel Clarke. However, the Met has disclosed that, currently, there is no ongoing criminal investigation into Clarke, against who accusations of bullying and sexual assault were levelled in April.
Clarke wrote, directed and starred in the successful Hood trilogy of films, and also made his name starring as Mickey Smith in tv series Doctor Who from 2005-10. He was accused of a variety of wrongdoings by 20 women in a report published by The Guardian. The accusations range from alleged bullying to sexual harassment and unwanted sexual contact.
Clarke denied all claims through his lawyers, apart from one where he accepted making inappropriate comments about one woman – which he later apologised for.
A statement from the Metropolitan Police obtained by the BBC asserts: “On Wednesday, 21 April, police received a third party report relating to allegations of sexual offences allegedly committed by a male over a period of time.
“A number of other women have since come forward and informed police of other incidents involving the male. All of the incidents are currently being assessed by officers to ascertain if any offences have been committed. There is no criminal investigation at this time.”
Earlier this month, the BBC said it would not be proceeding with any projects involving Clarke following the allegations. Furthermore, BAFTA also suspended the actor’s membership and his recent cinema contribution award.
In May, following the allegations levelled against Clarke, more than 800 film and TV industry members signed an open letter calling for change. The letter addressed the broad culture of sexism and sexual harassment that exists against women in the sector and called for decisive industry-wide action to stamp it out.