Sunday, May 2, 2021

Bafta Suspends UK Actor Noel Clarke Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) said Friday it treated sexual misconduct claims against actor and producer Noel Clarke with “utmost seriousness” after suspending his membership and a recent prize.


Around 20 women made allegations against the “Star Trek” and “Doctor Who” actor in a Guardian article published Thursday, including some who gave their names on the record.

The newspaper said the women had worked with Clarke and variously accused him of sexual harassment, groping, bullying, and taking sexually explicit images without consent, between 2004 and 2019.

Bafta immediately moved to suspend his membership of the academy in light of the report, and the prize it awarded him earlier this month for outstanding British contribution to cinema.

But the organisation faced questions about why he was given the prize despite claims already circulating against him, which he has “vehemently” denied.

Bafta said it was not aware of the allegations when it decided on the award in March, and only later received what it said were anonymous emails detailing second-hand accounts.

Clarke starred in 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” and wrote and featured in the main role in Britain’s “Hood” trilogy of films, which shines a light on inner-city life in west London.

Two production companies — Sky and Vertigo Films — said they were now dropping their collaborations with him.

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