Noel Clarke has Bafta membership suspended after claims of sexual harassment and bullying from 20 women

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery looks at the allegations and Noel's response

Noel Clarke has had his Bafta membership suspended following allegations of sexual harassment and bullying from 20 women.

The academy said in a statement it had also suspended his outstanding British contribution to cinema award, which he was handed earlier this month at the Royal Albert Hall, until further notice.

The claims were levelled against Clarke, best known for appearing in Doctor Who and for co-creating The Hood Trilogy, in the Guardian.

The alleged misconduct allegations include claims he secretly filmed a nude audition and showed colleagues explicit images of women. Other claims include sexual harrassment, bullying and verbal abuse.

Clarke vehemently denied the allegations in a statement to the newspaper.

He 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.”

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

Clarke wrote and starred in the acclaimed film trilogy Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood, and directed two of them.

Noel Clarke gave an impassioned speech after receiving his Bafta this year

He made his first TV appearance more than 20 years ago in the Channel 4 series Metrosexuality, and gained fame for his roles as Mickey Smith in Doctor Who and Wyman Norris in Auf Wiedershen, Pet.

Clarke was first recognised by Bafta in 2009, when he won the Rising Star prize.

He accepted the outstanding contribution award in early April.

The gong is among Bafta’s highest prizes and is presented annually in honour of Michael Balcon, the British film producer known for his work with Ealing Studios.

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