After a bombshell report alleging multiple claims of sexual harassment, actor and director Noel Clarke has been suspended by Bafta.
The decision comes just weeks after he received one of their top awards.
Bafta has released a statement after the damning report in the Guardian. Bafta said it made the decision “in light of the allegations of serious misconduct.”
Clarke rose to fame after writing and starring in Kidulthood, and acting in Doctor Who.
On April 10th, he was given the outstanding British contribution to cinema prize at a ceremony.
After the allegations emerged, Clarke says he “vehemently” denies “any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing”.
In a statement he says he will”defend myself against these false allegations”.
He added: “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.”
The article in The Guardian features allegations from 20 different women. All of those featured say they knew Clarke in a professional capacity.
A statement from Bafta said: “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.”
In his acceptance speech at the time, Clarke said he was dedicating the award to: “the underrepresented, anyone who sits at home believing that they can achieve more.
“This is particularly for my young black boys and girls out there who never believed that this could happen to them.
“I am so, so thankful for this. Years ago I ended with the words, ‘Yes we can’ and we still can. It’s just tough. So I wanted to end this one a little bit different.
“Sometimes you will feel like it is not achievable. It is. Sometimes you will feel like you are not good enough. You are. And sometimes you will feel like you don’t deserve it. You do.”
Clarke is currently starring in ITV police drama Viewpoint. It is a five-part series with episodes airing each evening this week.
His career kicked off by writing and starring in the film trilogy of Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood. He directed two of them.
He was first recognised by Bafta in 2009, when he won the rising star prize.
Clake also played Mickey Smith, Doctor Who‘s first-ever black companion. He worked alongside the 10th doctor, played by David Tennant.
The actor is also married to Iris Da Silva, a cosmetic designer, and they have three sons.
According to the BBC, they approached management and production company 42 M&P for comment and they said they no longer represented Clarke.
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