Noel Clarke denies fresh wave of sexual harassment allegations from Doctor Who colleagues
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Bulletproof actor Noel Clarke, 45, has denied further allegations of sexual harassment, as more women have come forward with new claims from working with the actor on the set of Doctor Who. Through his lawyers, Clarke has continued to deny the allegations.
I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing
Last week, The Guardian published sexual harassment allegations against the actor after 20 women came forward to claim instances of bullying, groping, and sexual harassment.
However, more allegations of sexual harassment and bullying against Clarke have now been made by women who worked with him on the set of BBC’s Doctor Who during his five-year stint on the programme.
The actor played vehicle technician Mickey Smith on the hit show from 2005 to 2010.
After The Guardian put these new allegations forward to the actor’s lawyers, they continued to “vehemently” deny any wrongdoing by the actor.
One woman, who worked as a costume assistant, alleged that she was harassed by Clarke on the set of the revived Doctor Who series in 2004.
She said she was made to feel “uneasy near him” but didn’t report him as “at the time, the culture was very different,” and avoided him as much as possible.
Another woman, who worked as a runner on the show, claims that the actor touched her inappropriately while she was driving him to and from set, made explicit remarks and asked her to go to his hotel room for sex.
After she refused to drive him anymore, a crew member witnessed Clarke’s behaviour towards Jenna (not her real name), describing it as “bullying” as his behaviour turned nasty.
Another runner on the show alleges that Clarke sexually harassed her and another coworker in a bar after a work event and after rejecting his advances, the actor became “rude” and “aggressive.”
Clarke has denied these accusations and his lawyer described the claims as “vague” and “unsupported by objective evidence.”
His lawyers said it was “entirely implausible” he had behaved in this way as he was at the start of his career.
Addressing the allegations against Clarke, Doctor Who executive producer Julie Gardner said to The Guardian: “I am saddened and shocked by the accusations raised. If I had known of them there would have been prompt action taken.
“I am grateful that people are coming forward to speak up and support them wholeheartedly.”
The fresh wave of allegations comes after the actor was stripped of his recent BAFTA award and had his membership suspended.
TriForce Creative Network (TCN) also dropped him as a patron and said they were “in the process of supporting some of those that came forward.”
ITV, Sky TV and BBC also cut ties with the actor.
In his statement which he made through his lawyers last week, Clarke “vehemently” denied the claims against him.
“I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing,” he said.
“Recent reports however have made it clear to me that some of my actions have affected people in ways I did not intend or realise.
He continued: “To those individuals, I am deeply sorry. I will be seeking professional help to educate myself and change for the better.”
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