Noel Clarke 'encouraged students to remove clothes at drama school' as six more people come forward with allegations
NOEL Clarke allegedly "encouraged students to remove clothes at drama school" as six more people have come forward with harassment claims.
The actor had his Bafta stripped from him after a string of allegations were made public – including that he shared sexually explicit pictures and videos without consent.
Clarke said in a statement yesterday that he is "deeply sorry" and is "seeking professional help" following the allegations – but he categorically denies the misconduct claims.
Six more people have come forward with allegations of misconduct – including former students from the London School of Dramatic Art.
They claim Clarke encouraged students to remove their clothes during improvisation workshops, according to the Guardian.
Jack Taylor, the school's founder, confirmed the claims and said that he stopped the actor doing the classes when he found out.
Clarke’s lawyers denied that the drama school asked him to stop leading classes – and he denies ever encouraging or forcing anyone to be naked in the workshop.
They also said the "Facing Your Fears" workshop was designed to help students with anxieties over their acting roles.
It comes as:
- Noel Clarke’s mum is ‘still proud of her son’ after sex harassment claims but admits she ‘can’t get hold of him’
- Bafta ‘spent two weeks deciding how to respond to sexual harassment claims against Noel Clarke’
- Noel Clarke says he’s ‘deeply sorry’ and ‘seeking professional help’ but denies sex harassment claims
- ITV CANCELS Viewpoint’s final episode after Noel Clarke sexual misconduct accusations
- Noel Clarke liked a tweet about 'learning from your mistakes' days before the allegations came to light
- Sky halted Bulletproof filming after the star was accused of sexual misconduct
- Noel Clarke's Kidulthood co-star Jaime Winstone told him 'time's up' as Michaela Coel backed accusers
The workshop aimed to help “normalise” the removal of outer clothing in a safe environment, and Clarke made it clear it was not obligatory to participate, according to his representatives.
They added Clarke denies that as part of the workshop he encouraged or forced anyone to be naked and that the class was open to, and was attended by, both male and female adult students.
Clarke's lawyers said the actor made it clear it was not obligatory to participate.
The 45-year-old has denied that he ever coerced, encourage or pressurised any individual into non-consensual sexual activities.
Despite his apology on Friday, the actor strongly denies any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing claims brought against him.
Clarke said recent allegations of misconduct have “made it clear to me that some of my actions have affected people in ways I did not intend or realise."
He added: “To those individuals, I am deeply sorry.
"I will be seeking professional help to educate myself and change for the better.”
However, in the statement, he added: "I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing."
This comes as both Sky and ITV cancelled popular shows he was starring in as over 20 allegations were mounted against him.
The final episode of Viewpoint was cancelled, while Sky halted Clarke's involvement in all of its productions with immediate effect.
Among the women who have made allegations is Brotherhood producer Gina Powell.
She alleged he told her he planned to "f**k and fire her" before changing his mind and keeping her on board.
The producer, who worked with Clarke for three years between 2014 and 2017, also claimed the actor bragged about having secret films of naked auditions.
She alleged he once showed her a covert recording of a naked audition by Jahannah James, who starred in Brotherhood.
It comes after Bafta stripped his award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema, which he only received on April 10.
And Bafta allegedly spent two weeks deciding how best to respond to sexual harassment allegations against actor Noel Clarke, it has been reported.
Clarke had been made aware of the allegations before he appeared onstage at the Royal Albert Hall to collect the award.
Numerous women are reported to have broken their silence after the ceremony.
They allege Mr Clarke is a serial abuser and uses his power to prey on and harass female colleagues.
Through his lawyers, Clarke categorically denied every allegation that has been put to him.
He allegedly accepts he once made inappropriate comments about one woman, for which he later apologised.
In a 29-page letter, his lawyers said he denies all of the other allegations.
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