Noel Clarke: Adam Deacon says he believes star’s accusers and claims he too was a victim

Abbianca Makoni
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<p>Clarke has denied any criminal wrongdoing</p> (AP)

Clarke has denied any criminal wrongdoing


Actor Adam Deacon has said he stands by the women who have accused Noel Clarke of sexual harassment, claiming he was also a “victim” of the actor and director.

An investigation published last week revealed that 20 women had accused Clarke of sexual harassment and bullying.

Clarke has vehemently denied sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing but also said he is “deeply sorry” for some of his actions.

But on Tuesday Deacon spoke out on Twitter and said he believed “every single word” Clarke’s accusers had said about their allegedly “harrowing” experiences.

The 38-year-old Kidulthood star accused 45-year-old Clarke of sabotaging his career and gaslighting. 

Deacon also said he had spoken out about Clarke’s “sociopathic” behaviour on several occasions, only to have his claims dismissed.

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“I only wish that everyone had taken more notice of my words,” he continued, saying it might have stopped Clarke’s “horrific abuse of power.”

He said the events of the past week had served as “a small vindication” and that he was “now looking towards a fresh start.”

Deacon starred in Clarke’s film Kidulthood in 2006 and the 2008 follow-up Adulthood, but the pair have a complicated history. 

After a public fall-out, Deacon was given a restraining order in 2015 after being convicted of harassing his former mentor.

Clarke has “vehemently” denied the harassment claims, writing 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.”

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