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Noel Clarke Charged With Sexual Harassment On The Set Of BBC’s ‘Doctor Who’ – Deadline

Noel Clarke’s spinoff continues to pace, with the Guardian reporting today that the actor has now been accused of sexual harassment by several women on the set of the BBC’s flagship show Doctor Who.

Clarke acted on the series as auto technician Mickey Smith from 2005 to 2010. Incidents detailed in the latest report range from inappropriate touching and sexual comments on set, to aggressive and intimidating behavior after his advances were rejected. Clarke continues to vigorously deny all allegations of sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing, including the new article via his attorneys, but said he would seek professional help with his behavior.

The last Guardian Exposure – which comes after the newspaper snapped the original story last week highlighting allegations of misconduct against Clarke by more than 20 women – also involves a colleague Doctor Who actor John Barrowman, who is said to have exposed himself to colleagues on two BBC productions.

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The incidents are characterized as “inappropriate pranks rather than anything sexually predatory” by the report and Barrowman called them “ridiculous” in a statement, saying he never wanted them to be. interpreted as sexual. Barrowman also said via his lawyers that he was not aware of any allegations against Clarke.

Following the first allegations made against Clarke last week, video has resurfaced of the actor speaking with Barrowman on stage during a panel where the two exchange jokes about inappropriate behavior in the workplace. Here is the video:

The BBC responded to today’s story:

“The BBC is against all forms of inappropriate behavior and we are shocked to hear these allegations. To be completely clear, we will investigate any specific allegations made by individuals to the BBC – and if anyone has been subjected to or witnessed inappropriate behavior of any kind, we would encourage them. to talk about it directly with us.

“We have a zero tolerance approach and robust processes are in place – which are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect best practices – to ensure that any complaints or concerns are handled with the utmost seriousness and care. . “

The fallout from the charges against Clarke has reopened painful wounds in the UK film and television industry. Yesterday, more than 900 people signed a letter calling for a broad workplace culture change in response to an “industry that turns a blind eye to predators and stalkers operating in plain sight.”

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