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The Metropolitan Police said today they have received a report of a sexual offence after actor and director Noel Clarke was accused of bullying and groping by 20 women.

The force said: 'On Wednesday 21 April police received a third party report relating to allegations of sexual offences committed by a male over a period of time. Officers are currently assessing the information.

'We would urge anyone who believes they have been subjected to a sexual offence to report this to police so the information can be assessed and investigated accordingly. There are specially trained officers ready to provide advice and support.'

The police said there was no investigation underway at this time.  

Twenty women who knew Clarke in a professional capacity have accused the Kidulthood and Doctor Who actor, 45, of sexual harassment and bullying in a series of shocking claims published by The Guardian on Thursday.

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Clarke yesterday apologised 'deeply' for his actions and said he will be seeking professional help, but has 'vehemently' denied sexual misconduct or criminal behaviour. 

The actor and producer, who is married to make-up artist Iris Da Silva, said it has become clear to him that 'some of my actions have affected people in ways I did not intend or realise', and offered an apology to those affected. 

His comments came amid reports that Bafta spent two weeks deciding how best to respond to allegations against Clarke prior to presenting him with one of its highest honours, the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award.  

The father-of-three was suspended from Bafta following the allegations, while Sky took the decision to 'halt' filming of the latest series of his east London crime drama Bulletproof. 

A swathe of Clarke's former co-stars have spoken out in support of the women who made claims against him, including Christina Chong, 38, who appeared alongside the actor in Bulletproof.  

Sharing the Guardian article to Twitter, she alleged the claims have been the 'UK film industry's best kept secret for years!'  

She said: 'If in doubt, trust me, it's true. Why would 20 women put themselves through reliving their traumas to bring down an actor who isn't even a household name? He's a sexual predator #stoppable.'  

A female actress who starred alongside Noel Clarke in Bulletproof has claimed the raft of allegations against him are the British film industry's 'best kept secret'

A female actress who starred alongside Noel Clarke in Bulletproof has claimed the raft of allegations against him are the British film industry's 'best kept secret'

Pictured: Mandeep Dhillon

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Pictured: Christina Chong

Following the allegations, a swathe of Clarke's former co-stars have spoken out in support of the 20 women, including Christina Chong (right) who appeared in his Sky One series Bulletproof. Pictured left: Mandeep Dhillon

Chong and Dhillon are seen alongside Clarke in a still from the Sky One drama Bulletproof

Chong and Dhillon are seen alongside Clarke in a still from the Sky One drama Bulletproof

Sharing the Guardian article to Twitter, Chong alleged the claims are have been 'UK film industry's best kept secret for years!

Sharing the Guardian article to Twitter, Chong alleged the claims are have been 'UK film industry's best kept secret for years! 

Mandeep Dhillon, 30, who appeared as Kamali Khan in the Sky One show, added: 'About f****** time. Don't @ me.' 

Chong responded to her Instagram post, saying: 'Took the words right out of my mouth.' 

Both actresses later posted identical messages to their social media accounts, reading: 'We stand by the women sexually harassed by Noel Clarke #stoppable #timesup #metoo.'  

Earlier, Bulletproof actor Ashley Walters said he was 'deeply saddened' by the allegations made against Clarke in a lengthy statement posted to Twitter.

He added: 'My thoughts are with the women who have come forward and told their awful stories, I am in shock and deeply saddened by what I have heard on a multitude of levels.

'I could never condone behaviour of this nature in nor out of the workplace, and whilst Noel has been a friend and colleague for several years, I cannot stand by and ignore this allegations.   

'Sexual harassment, abuse, and bullying have no place in our industry. 

'Every woman has the right to a safe workplace and moving forward I pledge my dedication to this.' 

Clarke pictured with his wife, former make-up artist Iris Da Silva, at the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall in February 2017

Clarke pictured with his wife, former make-up artist Iris Da Silva, at the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall in February 2017

Clarke receives the  Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema Award from Bafta on April 10, days before the allegations

Clarke receives the  Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema Award from Bafta on April 10, days before the allegations

Earlier, Bulletproof actor Ashley Walters said he was 'deeply saddened' by the allegations made against Clarke in a lengthy statement posted to Twitter

Earlier, Bulletproof actor Ashley Walters said he was 'deeply saddened' by the allegations made against Clarke in a lengthy statement posted to Twitter

Walters has starred as Ronnie Pike in all three seasons of Bulletproof, an east London crime drama, but filming on the fourth season has now been halted by Sky in light of the allegations.

Following the claims, which saw Clarke suspended from Bafta, the actor said in a statement: 'I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing.

'Recent reports however have made it clear to me that some of my actions have affected people in ways I did not intend or realise. To those individuals, I am deeply sorry. I will be seeking professional help to educate myself and change for the better.'  

Noel Clarke: The Rags to riches Kidulthood star from Ladbrooke Grove who had 'no choice' but to write his own roles after realising he'd never land the jobs he wanted as a black actor 

Noel Clarke always felt an outsider in the British film industry, claiming he wasn't ever welcomed.  

But just last month he was welcomed by Bafta and handed a Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema in London on April 10. 

Clarke lives in the capital with his wife, former make-up artist Iris Da Silva, and their three children with an estimated fortune of £3million.

Noel rose to fame with the The Hood Trilogy, semi-biographical films about life in West London where he grew up.

He said recently that he had to write his own roles after realising he'd never land the jobs he wanted as a black actor 

From 2006-2016 Noel wrote, directed and starred in the acclaimed trilogy of films Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood. 

The well-received movies follow a group of teenagers as they navigate life outside the law in Ladbroke Grove, West London.

Noel told Interview magazine: 'I grew up in Ladbroke Grove... which sounds really glamorous now, but at the time it wasn't very glamorous.'

'In the '60s and late '50s, it was a place where they shoved a lot of the black people that were coming over.'

And, in 2007, Noel set up his own production company Unstoppable Entertainment to try and promote more diversity in the film and TV industry.

He started the venture with his fellow actor Jason Maza, 33, who he later collaborated with on the next series he wrote - Bulletproof, which starred himself and Ashley Walters.

The pair originally struggled to get the show commissioned and Noel told Sky News at the time he didn't 'think the country was ready' for their positive depiction of two black lead characters.

Noel recently accepted his BAFTA Award after being praised for his TV show Bulletproof and the film series Kidulthood which sees black working class characters take centre stage.

The former Doctor Who star's prize came after he received the Rising Star Award in 2009.

Despite his huge success, with his ITV series Viewpoint set to begin later this month, Noel said he still feels like an outsider in the industry.

He added: 'This is about class. My films aren't [deemed] worthy. They're written, directed and acted by working-class people and they're about working-class people… For 20 years, I've been made to feel like I do not belong.

'The business has always tried to say I don't belong and push me out. I won't sit here and lay blame on people, because it's here' – at this point he taps his head – 'but that's part of what fuels me'. 

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His comments came amid reports that Bafta spent two weeks deciding how best to respond to allegations against Clarke prior to presenting him with an award. 

The film academy was made aware of the allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and verbal abuse shortly after it announced its intention to honour the director with an award for outstanding British contribution to cinema, according to The Guardian.

It added that senior figures within the film academy were worried about the potential reputational damage to the organisation over its handling of the claims against Clarke. 

Bafta chair Krishnendu Majumdar was reportedly aware there could be as many as 12 women making allegations against Clarke on the eve of the awards ceremony.

He sought to speak to anyone with first-hand experience of Clarke's alleged misconduct and told an industry figure he was 'trying to do something about' the situation as it could 'destroy' Bafta 'in the court of public opinion', the newspaper said.

Majumdar is said to have described the allegations as a 'desperately difficult situation for us' as Bafta 'cannot act as judge and jury'.

He also hosted a Zoom call with figures including Bafta chief executive Amanda Berry to discuss how to respond to the allegations, The Guardian said.     

Bafta has said it will not comment on the latest claims in The Guardian.

However, the academy previously said it was not aware of the allegations relating to Clarke before announcing he would be given the award and it was in the following days they received anonymous emails about the allegations from second or third-hand sources. 

In a letter to members published on the Bafta website, Majumdar and chief executive Amanda Berry said: 'You may have seen the story in today's Guardian regarding BAFTA member and recent Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema (OBCC) award recipient Noel Clarke.

'We are grateful that The Guardian was able to provide a platform where the victims were able to identify themselves, and to come forward and tell their stories.

'As soon as The Guardian published firsthand accounts yesterday we immediately suspended the award and Noel Clarke's membership of BAFTA until further notice.

'We wanted to inform you of the background to this situation to give you the full picture.

'To be very clear, we did not know about any allegations relating to Noel Clarke prior to the announcement of the OBCC award on 29 March.

'We want to reassure you that we have treated this matter with the utmost seriousness, care and proper process at every stage. 

'The BAFTA Board of Trustees has remained right across this matter, has met a number of times and are fully supportive of all actions taken.

'The allegations against Mr Clarke are extremely serious and the behaviour they allege are contrary to BAFTA's values and everything it stands for. 

'But no matter how abhorrent these allegations are, they cannot be dealt with without due process. BAFTA is an arts charity that is not in a position to properly investigate such matters.  

'In the days following the announcement, BAFTA received anonymous emails of allegations in relation to Noel Clarke. These were either anonymous or second or thirdhand accounts via intermediaries. No firsthand allegations were sent to us. No names, times, dates, productions or other details were ever provided.

'Had the victims gone on record as they have with The Guardian, the award would have been suspended immediately. Noel Clarke's counsel received a legal notice to this effect. It was always very clear what our intentions would be.

'We asked for individuals to come forward with their accounts and identify themselves, as they have done with The Guardian, but due to the anonymous claims and the lack of firsthand specificity, we did not have sufficient grounds to take action.'

Bafta added it acted 'as quickly and supportively as we could, even though we had only received the most generic of claims and no actual firsthand information to investigate allegations which were potentially of a criminal nature.'

They also claimed they would not have presented the award to Clarke had they been provided with this testimony.

Actress Jahannah James, a star in one of Clarke's hit movies, Brotherhood, is one of his alleged victims named in the Guardian, claiming she was secretly filmed doing a naked audition that was so upsetting she still cries 'years later'

Actress Jahannah James, a star in one of Clarke's hit movies, Brotherhood, is one of his alleged victims named in the Guardian, claiming she was secretly filmed doing a naked audition that was so upsetting she still cries 'years later'

Miss James (pictured) is claiming she was secretly filmed doing a naked audition for Brotherhood that was so upsetting she still cries 'years later'

Miss James (pictured) is claiming she was secretly filmed doing a naked audition for Brotherhood that was so upsetting she still cries 'years later'

Miss James (pictured left and right) is claiming she was secretly filmed doing a naked audition for Brotherhood that was so upsetting she still cries 'years later'

Meanwhile, Clarke's mother Gemma Clarke said she was proud of her son becoming an actor and only gave him this piece of advice when he was growing up: 'Just don't thieve or go to jail.' 

She told MailOnline: 'I am proud of him and I'm still proud of him but I don't know what's going on.

'I haven't managed to speak to him because his phone is switched off but I have spoken to his wife and kids. I'm not telling you how she is but the kids were in school today. He's not at home. I don't know where he is.

'I can't get through to him. I'm confused and upset but I can't comment until I've spoken to him. I've tried to ring him but his phone is switched off.'

Mrs Clarke said Noel had wanted to be an actor since he was a child and filmed parts of Kidulthood in his mother's home in a block of council flats and the grounds outside, which lie in the shadow of Grenfell Tower.

Born in Trinidad, she moved to Britain in 1969 and became a paediatric nurse in 1973. Noel was born in Hammersmith Hospital.

'I wasn't upset that he didn't go into the medical profession,' she said. 'He always wanted to be an actor. I was very proud of him.' She said his acting career began in 2003 with a role in Auf Weidershen Pet.

An actress friend of Noel Clarke told MailOnline yesterday that the 20 women accusing him of being a 'sexual predator' are pursuing a racist 'witchhunt' as the actor was sacked by Sky, suspended by Bafta and criticised by a co-star who backed his alleged victims.

Clarke as Mickey and Billie Piper as Rose in a Christmas episode for BBC One's Doctor Who

Clarke as Mickey and Billie Piper as Rose in a Christmas episode for BBC One's Doctor Who 

Clarke as DC Martin Young in Viewpoint, which is a British ITV five-part drama. He co-founded his own production company, Unstoppable Entertainment, in 2007

Clarke as DC Martin Young in Viewpoint, which is a British ITV five-part drama. He co-founded his own production company, Unstoppable Entertainment, in 2007

Clarke starring as Charlie and Laura Haddock as Nikki in the British science fiction-horror film 'Storage 24', which was released in 2012

Clarke starring as Charlie and Laura Haddock as Nikki in the British science fiction-horror film 'Storage 24', which was released in 2012

Sky 'halts' all work with Noel Clarke and cancels filming of his Bulletproof show over sex claims - as ITV faces pressure to axe tonight's final part of Viewpoint after viewers slam 'crass' decision to air sex scene with him 

Noel Clarke pictured in the five-part drama Viewpoint, which follows a tense police surveillance investigation into a tightknit Manchester community. The show went ahead on ITV last night (including this sex scene with co-star Alexandra Roach) despite the furore

Noel Clarke pictured in the five-part drama Viewpoint, which follows a tense police surveillance investigation into a tightknit Manchester community. The show went ahead on ITV last night (including this sex scene with co-star Alexandra Roach) despite the furore

Sky today halted all work with Noel Clarke and cancelled filming of his new show over sexual harassment claims - as ITV faced pressure to axe tonight's final episode of thriller Viewpoint after criticism of its 'crass' decision to air a sex scene with him. 

Sky said 'effective immediately' it would be 'halting' Clarke's 'involvement in all future productions' until an undefined date. 

The actor, 45, has starred in three series of Bulletproof, an East London crime drama, with filming on the fourth set to start later this year. 

Young appeared in the penultimate episode of Viewpoint yesterday, which aired an hour after 20 women accused him of sexual harassment, groping and bullying between 2004 and 2019 in claims he has vehemently denied. 

TV presenter India Willoughby joined growing numbers of Twitter users calling on the channel to 'do the right thing' and axe tonight's final episode of hit crime drama, which has been running every day this week.   

She wrote: 'Let's see if ITV do the right thing and drop tonight's final episode of Noel Clarke drama #Viewpoint , while the allegations are investigated. Big on statements this year. One for the women, seeing it's a female orientated channel?' 

Others criticised ITV for continuing to air last night's episode of Viewpoint, which included a sex scene involving Clarke as lead character DC Martin Young and the actress Alexandra Roach.   

 

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The actress, who asked not to be named, said the 45-year-old actor, writer and director's fall from grace is because 'no one likes it when a man of colour gets to the top'. 

Clarke, who is married to former make-up artist Iris Da Silva with three children, wrote and starred in the acclaimed film trilogy Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood as well as many TV hits including Doctor Who.  

He is accused of a campaign of sexual harassment, groping and bullying between 2004 and 2019.  

As the allegations emerged, a video from 2019 surfaced online showing Clarke on stage during a Doctor Who Q&A with fans where he joked about actor John Barrowman's alleged proclivity for getting his penis out on set. Barrowman had apologised publicly after a similar incident on BBC Switch.

Clarke's two female co-stars Annette Badland and Camille Coduri are seen as he uses microphone as a prop phallus, hitting them on their legs and even resting it on Camille's shoulders, with viewers saying they were 'squirming while watching'. 

Clarke says: 'For the record, any men out there, do not try that at work. You will be fired and possibly go to jail.' 

It has also emerged that Clarke once tweeted a photo of a couple having sex after snapping them through the window of his apartment. 

The star shared an image of the 'doggy style' couple in 2014, seven years before starring as a snooper policeman in ITV drama Viewpoint.

He tweeted at the time: 'You can just about see the doggy style portion of events. Phone makes it look so far away. It wasn't.'

The sexual harassment claims were levelled against Clarke, best known for co-creating The Hood Trilogy, in The Guardian last night.  

Clarke vehemently denied the allegations in a statement to the newspaper, which claims it informed Bafta of the allegations by the 20 women 13 days before they handed him his outstanding contribution award on April 10.  

The allegations emerged last night, just before his new crime drama Viewpoint was due to air on ITV. Noel, 45, plays main character DC Martin Young, but the broadcaster, which was said to be in crisis mode, resisted calls to pull it, despite a sex scene involving him at the end of the episode. 

One viewer tweeted: 'This should definitely have been pulled tonight and should be taken off itvplayer until this is settled'. Another wrote: 'It featured a sex scene involving... him. Absolutely shouldn't have been broadcast'. 

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 Guardian has spent months investigating the allegations. 

Actress Jahannah James, a star in one of Clarke's hit movies, Brotherhood, is one of

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