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BAFTA Suspends Actor Noel Clarke Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

BAFTA has suspended Noel Clarke from its membership following reports of the sexual misconduct allegations by 20 women in The Guardian newspaper against him.

“In light of the allegations of serious misconduct regarding Noel Clarke in The Guardian this evening, BAFTA has taken the decision to suspend his membership and the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award immediately and until further notice.,” BAFTA said in a statement.

The outlet said it spoke to 20 women who had worked with Clarke and alleged he had committed acts of sexual harassment, unwanted touching, groping and unprofessional misconduct between 2004 and 2019. The suspension follows Clarke receiving the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema trophy from BAFTA during an awards show appearance in London on April 10.

Reacting to the news, Clarke in a statement to The Guardian 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.”

Clarke is known for appearances in Brotherhood, Star Trek Into Darkness and Mute.

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