Noel Clarke denies new sexual harassment allegations on Doctor Who set

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Photo credit: ITV

The following article contains discussion of sexual harassment allegations that some readers may find upsetting.

Noel Clarke is facing new allegations of sexual harassment which he vigorously denies together with any other allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour.

Several women who worked with the actor during his time on Doctor Who have come forward and feature in a report published by The Guardian. The paper previously published testimonies from 20 women who variously accused Clarke of groping, sexual harassment and bullying.

Clarke played Mickey Smith on the BBC show from 2005 to 2010. He has categorically denied allegations of any "sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing".

Photo credit: David M. Benett/Dave Benet - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett/Dave Benet - Getty Images

A Doctor Who actor, who has asked to stay anonymous, who worked with Clarke on the early seasons of the rebooted show alleged to the Guardian that he "made advances on me regularly", and further alleged that he badmouthed her to others in the industry when she rejected his advances, which he denies.

A costume assistant on the first series of the show also alleged that she was harassed in her trailer in 2004 by Clarke.

She said she didn't report the incident as at that time as "the culture was very different", but added that it left her feeling "uneasy near him" and therefore she avoided him as best as she could.

A Doctor Who runner, using the pseudonym Jenna, said she drove Clarke to and from the set and alleged that he touched her inappropriately, made explicit remarks to her, and repeatedly asked her to go to his hotel room for sex.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

She further alleges she told an assistant director she didn't want to be alone with him any longer, and was moved to different duties. She doesn't know if any senior executives were aware of the allegations about Clarke's behaviour.

She alleges that after becoming aware that Jenna was no longer driving him, Clarke became difficult, telling her "you think you're better than people". A witness to Clarke's behaviour toward Jenna described it as "bullying".

Through his lawyers, Clarke has strongly denied all the claims, and said it was "entirely implausible" he would have been allowed to behave in such a way or had perceived power as he was at the start of his career.

Doctor Who executive producer Julie Gardner said to The Guardian: "I am saddened and shocked by the accusations raised. If I had known of them there would have been prompt action taken.

"I am grateful that people are coming forward to speak up and support them wholeheartedly."

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

The BBC added it would be investigating any new claims and has urged any witnesses to come forward, adding it is "against all forms of inappropriate behaviour and we're shocked to hear of these allegations".

Clarke previously denied the claims made against him in the first Guardian report with a statement.

"I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing," he said. "Recent reports however have made it clear to me that some of my actions have affected people in ways I did not intend or realise.

"To those individuals, I am deeply sorry. I will be seeking professional help to educate myself and change for the better."

If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work 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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