The British Academy of Film and Television Arts “BAFTA” suspended the membership of actor and director Noel Clark in it after a report in the “Guardian” newspaper on his accusation of harassment and bullying by 20 women.
The Academy stated in a statement: “In light of the serious misconduct allegations regarding Noel Clark reported in the Guardian newspaper, the Academy has taken a decision to suspend his membership until further notice, as well as withdraw the award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema that it granted him.”
Clark (45 years) denied committing any sexual assault or misconduct, explaining that he would “defend himself in the face of these false allegations.”
“During my 20-year career, I have placed inclusion and diversity at the forefront of my work, and if anyone who has worked with me feels uncomfortable or disrespectful, I sincerely apologize,” he said in a statement.
He added, “I strongly deny any sexual misconduct or misconduct of this kind, and I intend to defend myself against these false allegations.”
The newspaper stated that it spoke to 20 women who accused Clark of sexual harassment against them, or touching their bodies in an inappropriate way, or directing obscene comments to them, taking explicit pictures and videos and sharing them without consent, or bullying, during the period between 2004 and 2019, and Reuters was unable to “Independently verified the Guardian report.”