Michaela Coel 'stands with' the women who have made allegations against Noel Clarke
I May Destroy You star Michaela Coel has said she stands with the women who have made allegations against Noel Clarke.
The Guardian reported this week that 20 women who knew the actor and producer in a professional capacity had accused him of verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment.
Clarke – who has “vehemently” denied the misconduct accusations – was then suspended by Bafta.
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Coel, who played someone who had been raped in drama series I May Destroy You – has now tweeted a statement in response to the story.
She wrote: “I am here to offer great support for the 20 brave women who have come forward; those who have shared their identities with us, but also those who have preferred to use an alias; the mental hurdles a black woman must overcome to do such a thing as reveal their identity within a narrative of rape abuse or bullying at the hands of someone within our own community can sometimes be too much.
— Michaela Coel (@MichaelaCoel) April 30, 2021
“Speaking out about these incidents takes a lot of strength because some call them ‘grey areas.’ They are however far from grey.
"These behaviours are unprofessional, violent and can destroy a person’s perception of themselves, their place in the world and their career irreparably.
"I have shared to show solidarity, to express my belief in them and to stand with them in their indignation.”
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Clarke has denied the claims against him, saying 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.”