The British Film Academy has temporarily stripped Noel Clarke of his British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for his contribution to filmmaking because of allegations of sexual harassment, the United Kingdom Film Academy said Thursday, April 29.
“In light of allegations of serious misconduct on the part of Noel Clarke published Thursday night in The Guardian newspaper, BAFTA has decided to suspend his membership and temporarily revoke his award for contribution to filmmaking. This action is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice,” the statement said.
Noel Clarke himself denies guilt.
“In my twenty-year career, I have put inclusiveness and diversity at the forefront. In that time, not a single person has left a complaint against me. If anyone I worked with felt uncomfortable or felt disrespected by me, I sincerely apologize. I categorically deny [accusations] of lewd sexual conduct and intend to defend myself against these false allegations,” the actor said.
On Thursday, The Guardian published a story that spoke of the 20 women who have charged Clarke with various types of sexual harassment, including sexually inappropriate behavior on a movie set.
Clark, 45, is known for his roles in the TV series “Doctor Who,” as well as the films “Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll,” “I Fight Giants” and other motion pictures. In 2009, Clark won a BAFTA Award for “Rising Star” for the film “Misfits 2,” where he directed and wrote the script, as well as played the title role.