The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct allegations that some readers may find upsetting.
ITV has decided to pull the finale of Viewpoint following allegations about its lead star Noel Clarke.
A group of 20 actresses, producers and other entertainment professionals have alleged to The Guardian that Clarke engaged in a pattern of behaviour that included unwanted sexual touching and harassment, taking and sending unwanted sexual content and bullying on set. Clarke has denied the allegations.
The fifth and final episode of Viewpoint will instead be made available on the ITV Hub until Sunday night.
In a statement, the broadcaster said: "ITV has a zero tolerance policy to bullying, harassment and victimisation and robust procedures in place to investigate and deal with any complaints.
"We strongly believe that everyone deserves to work in a supportive and safe environment.
"In light of the very serious nature of the allegations against Noel Clarke raised by 20 women in the Guardian’s report, ITV has decided it is no longer appropriate to broadcast the final episode of the drama Viewpoint on ITV main channel this evening.
"We are mindful that some of our viewers have already invested four hours of their time over the past four nights in following this thriller which was due to conclude this evening, and they have yet to see the final episode.
"As such we plan to make it available on ITV Hub tonight for a limited time for any viewers who wish to seek it out, and watch its conclusion."
An ITV source added to Digital Spy: "Viewpoint is an ensemble production, made by the hard work of a 200-strong cast and crew.
"Neither producers Tiger Aspect or ITV have received any complaints about Noel Clarke’s behaviour during the making of this drama.
"Viewpoint will be available on The Hub until Sunday night. It will not be available to watch on any ITV platform after that time."
Clarke denies all of these allegations, save for one recollection of making inappropriate comments about one of his accusers.
He said in a statement: "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."
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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