The following article contains discussion of sexual harassment allegations that some readers may find upsetting.
A group of actresses, producers, and other entertainment professionals recently 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.
In response to the claims, Sky has stopped work on the fourth season of police drama Bulletproof. In a statement to Deadline, a spokesperson said: "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."
The series' production company, Vertigo Films, also confirmed that it would be launching "an urgent investigation" to find out if the allegations made "apply to any Vertigo Films productions".
"Our immediate concern is for any cast or crew who may have had a negative experience on set," they said. "We have robust procedures in place for reporting incidents, including the ability to raise issues anonymously."
Vertigo Films stressed that it was not currently aware of any issues surrounding Clarke's conduct, but encouraged anyone who "has had a negative experience on [Bulletproof]... to come forward with confidence".
Noel Clarke, who has also appeared in Doctor Who and Viewpoint, has categorically denied the claims put forward by The Guardian, save for one recollection of making inappropriate comments about one of his accusers for which he apologised.
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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