EastEnders star was "scared" to speak out about Noel Clarke

Joe Anderton
·2-min read
Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

EastEnders alumni James Alexandrou has responded to the news that Doctor Who and Adulthood star Noel Clarke has been accused by over 20 women of sexual harassment.

Multiple entertainment industry professionals alleged that Clarke made unwanted sexual advances, sent unwanted sexual content and used his power and influence to keep them silent over the years.

Following the publication of the allegations, the former Martin Fowler actor stated that he was aware of the situation but did not speak out, and regretted being too afraid to come forward.

Photo credit: James Alexandrou - Twitter
Photo credit: James Alexandrou - Twitter

"Noel Clarke had too many of scared us for too long," he wrote on his Twitter account. "I genuinely feel ashamed I didn't do more to stand up for friends of mine he hurt. Innocent until proven guilty, but this was long overdue."

Clarke himself has categorically denied any "sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing", but has stated that he is seeking "professional help" to assess his behaviour and educate himself.

BAFTA suspended the actor from the organisation and removed his Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award following the publication of the allegations. BAFTA organisers confirmed they were aware of them before their publication but stated they did not have cause to investigate themselves.

Photo credit: David M. Benett/Dave Benet - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett/Dave Benet - Getty Images

ITV pulled the final episode of Clarke's drama Viewpoint from its schedule, and stated the show would be removed from ITV Hub tonight (May 2).

Meanwhile, Sky has announced that it will not work with him on season 4 of Bulletproof, while co-star Ashley Walters has said he "cannot stand by and ignore these allegations".

Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information 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.

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