Even by the standards of the fickle entertainment industry, the fall from grace of Noel Clarke has been rapid.
He was feted. A BAFTA award winner, writer of widely praised Kidulthood, director and writer of Adulthood, with a hit show on Sky TV, a well-reviewed other series on a main network channel getting high ratings. Widely praised as a man of color and a role model inside the industry, smashing down racial boundaries.
Then, suddenly, it seems like it is all over. Twenty women came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment and bullying. Following newspaper reports it appears some of this is alleged to have been an open secret within the industry.
The speed at which BAFTA attempted damage limitation by pulling his award, and ITV pulled the big finale of drama Viewpoint, would appear to back this up.
Now it appears the case is strong enough to have been referred for investigation to the police. Clarke has strongly denied any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing, but the allegations against him are mounting up as even more claims of misconduct were made over the weekend.
These new allegations include former students at the London School of Dramatic Art (LSDA). School founder Jake Taylor released a statement saying that Clarke ran an unsanctioned workshop where Clarke:
“…set up improvisation exercises in which the students were told they had to get undressed and get ready for bed.”
Clarke’s lawyers claim the workshop intended to help students with anxieties over acting, and ‘normalize’ the removal of outer clothing in a safe environment. That old chestnut!
As well as Sky and ITV pulling his show, All3Media has suspended him and his business partner Jason Maza from their production company Unstoppable Film and Television.