Award-winning British director Noel Clarke is suspended by Bafta after 20 women accused him of sexual harassment, groping and bullying


Bafta has suspended Noel Clarke’s membership following allegations of misconduct.

The academy said in a statement it had also suspended his outstanding British contribution to cinema award, which he was handed earlier this month at the Royal Albert Hall, until further notice.

The claims were levelled against Clarke, 45, best known for appearing in Doctor Who and for co-creating The Hood Trilogy, in The Guardian.

Clarke vehemently denied the allegations in a statement to the newspaper.

He said: ‘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.’

The 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.’

Management and production company 42 M&P said it stopped representing Clarke earlier this month.

A spokesman said: ‘Noel Clarke was a client of 42M&P until April this year but the company no longer represents him.’

Clarke, who is married to former make-up artist Iris Da Silva with three children, wrote and starred in the acclaimed film trilogy Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood, and directed two of them.

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