Noel Clarke's Kidulthood co-star Adam Deacon today said he believed 'every single word' of 20 women accusing him of being a sexual predator.
Mr Deacon also accused his former friend of being a 'sociopath' guilty of 'gas-lighting' to such an extent that he had a nervous breakdown.
Clarke's career is on the rocks and he is facing a possible police investigation after at least 20 women came forward to describe years of abuse. They accused Clarke of sexual harassment, unwanted groping, bullying and forcing actors to take part in nude auditions between 2004 and 2019.
Clarke, a married father-of-three who is best known for the Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood trilogy, and who also appeared in Doctor Who, has denied the accusations but said he will seek help.
In a lengthy Twitter post Mr Deacon, who was found guilty of harassing Clarke in 2015, said: 'I would like to start by saying I stand by all the women who have spoken out and told of their harrowing experiences with Noel Clarke.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'I wholeheartedly believe every single word and I hope that anyone who is yet to come forward with information will be listened to.
'I myself have been a victim of Noel Clarke for 15 years. My career was continually sabotaged and the gas lighting became so severe that it led to the complete breakdown of my mental health.
Noel Clarke and Adam Deacon appearing in Adulthood together, released in 2008. The friends fell out badly afterwards
Mr Deacon has backed the women and said he was also vindicated after Clarke's fall from grace
'As you will know, I have spoken out regarding this man's sociopathic behaviour on multiple occasions but my claims were always dismissed. People dealing with mental health may at times explain things differently but they should still be believed.
'I am extremely grateful for all the support that I have been shown over the last few days. While recent events have served as a small vindication for me I am beyond saddened by the pain that so many people have had to endure at the hands of Noel Clarke.
'I am now looking towards a fresh start and focusing all my time and energy on my acting career.'
He fell out with Clarke when the Bafta award-winning star claimed that Deacon had 'infringed on copyright' by calling his 2010 spoof film Anuvahood.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Clarke, 45, went onto accuse Deacon of waging an online trolling campaign against him, claiming at the 2015 trial that the 38-year-old had made death threats.
Deacon was found guilty of harassment without violence, banned from contacting Clarke and ordered to pay £500.
Last night, Deacon posted a message on Instagram which said: 'Karma. No need for revenge. Just sit back and wait. Those who hurt you eventually screw up themselves and if you are lucky, god will let you watch'
Clarke had set in motion Deacon's acting career, picking him to star in Kidulthood, released in 2006, and Adulthood, which came out two years later.
When Deacon later decided to make a spin-off, Clarke supported him but insisted he not use the name Anuvahood.
Deacon made the movie and won a Bafta for it, but the pair ended up at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court in 2015 as their row escalated, with Clarke accusing him of harassment.
Deacon denied the allegation, claiming instead the Clarke was trying to sabotage his career.
In one message to Clarke, Deacon had sent a picture of his former co-star's children with a gun emoji pasted onto it.
'It is a death threat isn't it, really? If we are being honest,' Clarke told the court in 2015.
Clarke said: 'I supported him with that [contract] as long as he didn't call that film Anuvahood which is what he did.
'Since that point we haven't spoken every now and again I would receive a barrage of abuse but essentially nothing massive happened until 2014 when I started getting massive abuse every time I opened my [Twitter] account to see people calling me a bully.
'He released a barrage of abuse in a blog for on Instagram claiming I'd been bullying him for as long as he could remember and claiming I had stopped him getting an agent in the business.
'None of these things were true in any way, shape or form, but things just continued from there.
'Many of his fans believed the lies and were abusing me via Twitter.'
Deacon's lawyer argued that he was 'profoundly ill' and suffering a 'full mental breakdown' at the time of the abuse.
He had used 'skunk cannabis as a form of self medication,' the lawyer said.
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'. She tweeted today: 'Bafta knew about the allegations before his award and decided they didn't believe it'.
A film producer, and friend of Jahannah, claims he admitted he had planned to 'f**k her then fire her' her before groping her in a lift as well as exposing himself while driving together in LA, while another actress allegedly propositioned by Clarke described it as her '#metoo moment', a nod to the victims of Harvey Weinstein.
But Clarke's friend said: 'If he was a white film director and middle-class, he would be knighted by now, I'm sure of it. I know him and he's a dear friend and a wonderful person and what he's done for the film industry is second-to-none. I know exactly who he is and I think he's being vilified, absolutely vilified'. Asked if she thought there was a racial element to the furore, she replied: '100 per cent. Nobody likes it, do they, when a man of colour, and from that class background, gets to the top'.
Actress and producer Philippa Crabb, who is also one of the 20 alleged victims named by The Guardian, shared an Instagram story posted by her relative of the newspaper's front page.
The original post read: 'Finally. Waited six years for this day', to which Philippa responded: 'Literally. Sorry if I haven't replied to you - my inbox is bursting with messages of support and it's all pretty overwhelming, but I appreciate you all SO much.'
Sky today halted all work with Clarke and cancelled filming of his new show Bulletproof over sexual harassment claims - before ITV axed tonight's final episode of thriller Viewpoint after criticism of its 'crass' decision to air a sex scene with him last night.
And his Bulletproof co-star Ashley Walters, posted a statement on social media supporting his alleged victims. He tweeted: '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 neither in nor out of the workplace, and whilst Noel has been a friend and colleague for several years, I cannot standby and ignore these 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.'
Bafta has suspended his membership after women in the film and TV industry accused him of sexual harassment, groping and bullying between 2004 and 2019. 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 comments came as 20 women made claims about his conduct, which he denies. His alleged victims claimed:One woman, who worked as a producer alongside Clarke between 2014 and 2017, alleged that the actor had secretly filmed a naked audition of another woman and bragged about it. She also claimed Clarke exposed himself to her in a car before groping her in a lift the next day. She claims he admitted he initially wanted to 'f**k and fire her'; According to several accounts, Clarke showed colleagues sexually explicit photos and videos of women, or implied he had access to them. He was also accused of unsolicited sharing of sexually explicit images. Other women have alleged that the actor would subject them to unwanted physical contact, which included kissing or groping. Another, who as a teenager starred in Kidulthood, Clarke's debut film, said one day near the start of filming he 'put his tongue in my mouth' and afterwards would constantly grab her and try to kiss her.
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
Actress Jahannah James, a star in one of Clarke's hit movies, Brotherhood, is one of his alleged victims named in the Guardian
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'
Jahannah insists Bafta knew about the claims before they gave him his lifetime achievement award just over a fortnight ago
Actress and producer Philippa Crabb, who is also one of the 20 alleged victims named by The Guardian, shared an Instagram story posted by her relative of the newspaper's front page
Noel Clarke on stage with Camille Coduri during a Doctor Who event where he pretended a microphone was a penis on her shoulder in a film that emerged today as he was accused of abuse by 20 women, which he denies
Bafta has suspended Noel Clarke's membership following allegations of misconduct. The claims were levelled against Clarke in The Guardian. Pictured: the actor posing with the award for the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema in London on April 10
The 45-year-old actor 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 despite the furore
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'.
Bafta's letter to its membership stated: '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.'
Bafta added it put in place an 'independent, appropriately qualified person' alleged victims could speak to.
The letter concluded: 'We very much regret that women felt unable to provide us with the kind of first-hand testimony that has now appeared in The Guardian.
'Had we been in receipt of this, we would never have presented the award to Noel Clarke.'
Clarke's agent and manager, both at 42M&P, said last night they no longer represent him.
The actor and director, 45, 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.
But he has been rocked by allegations by women that he has worked with that he is an alleged 'sexual predator', who claim he harassed, groped and bullied at work, which he denied in a statement from his lawyers. He said he 'sincerely apologised' to colleagues who felt 'uncomfortable or disrespected', but slammed claims of sexual misconduct or wrongdoing as 'false allegations'. The incidents don't appear to have been reported to police.
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.