Bafta has suspended actor and director Noel Clarke following reports of sexual assault, only weeks after he was awarded one of the organization’s top prizes.
The decision was taken “in light of the claims of serious wrongdoing” in the Guardian, according to a statement from Bafta.
At a ceremony on April 10, the Kidulthood and Doctor Who star, 45, was awarded the prize for outstanding British contribution to cinema.
Clarke has said that he “adamantly” rejects “any sexual assault or wrongdoing.”
“In a 20-year career, I have put inclusivity and diversity at the center of my work and never had a complaint made against me,” he said in a statement.
“I sincerely apologize if someone who has interacted with me has ever felt awkward or disrespected.”
The Guardian claims to have talked to 20 women who made the accusations, all of whom worked with Clarke.
Bafta announced that his membership and the recently bestowed honor will be suspended “immediately and until further notice.”
Clarke wrote, directed, and starred in the critically acclaimed film trilogy Kidulthood, Adulthood, and Brotherhood.
The actor’s first Bafta nomination came in 2009 when he received the rising star award.
“Noel Clarke was a client of 42 M&P until April this year, but the firm no longer represents him,” the management and production company said.
He is currently starring in the ITV drama Viewpoint, which premiered this week on the channel.
- Noel Clarke: SKY