The following article contains discussion of sexual harassment allegations that some readers may find upsetting.
Bulletproof has been cancelled by Sky following disputed allegations of misconduct made against lead actor Noel Clarke.
The broadcaster confirmed the decision to TheWrap on Friday (May 21), stating that it would "not be proceeding with any further series" of the action-packed police procedural.
Bulletproof's fourth season had been in pre-production when The Guardian published a story in April that featured accounts from 20 women who had worked with Clarke on various different titles, accusing him of bullying, sexual harassment, making inappropriate comments on set and sharing explicit photos and videos without consent, all of which Clarke strenuously denies.
Production on Bulletproof was then halted in late April and a Sky spokesperson told Deadline: "Sky stands against all forms of sexual harassment and bullying and takes any allegations of this nature extremely seriously. Effective immediately, we have halted Noel Clarke's involvement in any future Sky productions."
According to the same publication, Sky had tried to figure out a way to continue the double-handed show, which also stars Top Boy's Ashley Walters, but had ultimately failed to come up with a feasible solution.
"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 apologize," Clarke said in a statement to The Guardian at the time.
"I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and intend to defend myself against these false allegations."
"Whilst Noel has been a friend and colleague for several years, I cannot standby and ignore these allegations," he wrote. "Every woman has the right to a safe workplace and moving forward I pledge my dedication to this."
Bulletproof aired on Sky One in the UK, and The CW in the US.
If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales who works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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