British actor-director Noel Clarke mentioned Friday he could be searching for skilled assist to “change for the higher,” after 20 ladies got here ahead accusing him of sexual harassment, intimidation and bullying.
Clarke, who starred in “Physician Who” and created the movie trilogy “Kidulthood,” “Maturity” and “Brotherhood,” mentioned he “vehemently” denies any sexual misconduct or prison wrongdoing.
“Current studies, nonetheless, have made it clear to me that a few of my actions have affected folks in methods I didn’t intend or notice,” he mentioned in an announcement. “To these people, I’m deeply sorry. I shall be searching for skilled assist to teach myself and alter for the higher.”
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Clarke, 45, issued the assertion a day after The Guardian newspaper mentioned it had spoken to 20 ladies who accused him of misconduct together with sexual harassment, undesirable touching, sexually inappropriate conduct on set and bullying. The newspaper named a number of of the ladies.
After the allegations have been revealed, Britain’s movement image academy suspended Clarke’s membership and his award for excellent British contribution to cinema, given to him earlier this month, “instantly and till additional discover.”
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Broadcaster Sky mentioned it was halting work with Clarke, and tv channel ITV pulled the ultimate episode of the crime collection “Viewpoint,” which stars Clarke and was due for broadcast on Friday. The broadcaster mentioned it had “a zero tolerance coverage to bullying, harassment and victimization.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.