Actor Noel Clarke said he was very sorry for some of his actions and would seek professional help, but also “firmly” denied the misconduct allegations.
His statement comes after 20 women accused him of harassment and bullying. ITV and Sky both have now abandoned his shows as well.
What Has Clarke Said?
He said: “I strongly deny any misconduct or sexual crime.
“Recent reports have made it clear to me that some of my actions have affected people in ways that I didn’t know or saw.”
He added: “To those people, I am very sorry. I will be looking for professional help to educate myself and change for the better.”
The statement follows ITV’s decision not to broadcast the final episode of the police show Viewpoint, in which Noel is featured, on Friday.
His colleagues from the show Bronagh Waugh and Alexandra Roach wrote on Twitter to support the women who made the allegations.
Sky has also “suspended” its work with Clarke, which includes the fourth series of the crime game Bulletproof.
He was also suspended by Bafta, almost three weeks after a British film and television station awarded him an award for his outstanding contribution.
Clarke’s Best Career Recognitions
Clarke is best known for starring Mickey Smith in Doctor Who from 2005-10, and for his film trilogy Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood. He is a writer, director and producer.
He played a detective officer in Viewpoint, which was aired on ITV every evening this week. It was watched by 3.5 million people on Thursday.
But on Friday, the broadcaster said it was “no longer appropriate to broadcast the final episode” as planned due to the allegations.
Viewpoint Final Episode
However, the finale will be available on streaming service ITV Hub from Friday night until Sunday “for any viewers who wish to seek it out, and watch its conclusion”.
Meanwhile, Clarke has starred in three episodes of the Sky Bulletproof crime series, which featured the fourth series released in January.
The broadcaster said on Friday: “It has come into effect immediately. We have suspended Noel Clarke’s involvement in any of the upcoming Sky content.”
According to the Guardian, Bafta’s chairman Krishnendu Majumdar said he had heard that as many as 12 women could be making allegations.
In a letter to members in which it defended its response, Bafta said the emails it received “were either anonymous or second or third-hand accounts via intermediaries”.
“No first-hand allegations were sent to us,” it said. “No names, times, dates, productions or other details were ever provided.