The actor Noel Clarke, known for Brotherhood and others, has been accused of groping, bullying and sexual harassment by 20 different women.
The news, which broke yesterday evening, comes only a matter of weeks after the star collected a BAFTA at the Royal Albert Hall back on April 10th for an Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.
Thirteen days prior to the star 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.
The BAFTA’s have stated that whilst they received emails, there was no substantiated evidence provide that could call for them to investigate the claims.
The star was also made aware of the allegations and he has categorically denied any wrongdoing. Clarke announced in a statement: “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.”
Amongst the 20 women who have spoken out is Gina Powell, who worked with Clarke as a producer between September 2014 and March 2017. Powell has alleged that the star had boasted to her about secretly filming naked auditions and storing the footage.
Other reports range from groping to manipulation whereby Clarke apparently made comments stating his intentions regarding Powell was to “to fuck her and fire her”.
In response to the full list of alleged victim statements published in The Guardian the BAFTA committee has stated, “We will continue to review this matter, and should any allegations be substantiated we will take appropriate action.”