Deacon and co-star Noel Clarke fell out of the title of Deacon's 2011 film 'Anuvahood'
BAFTA-winning actor and director Adam Deacon has been found guilty of harassing his former co-star Noel Clarke over social media.
Deacon and Clarke became friends while working together on acclaimed 2006 British indie film Kidulthood and its 2008 sequel Adulthood. Deacon starred in both films, which were written by and co-starred Clarke. However, the pair later fell out over the title of Deacon’s 2011 film Anuvahood, which Deacon co-wrote and directed, conceived as a spoof of Clarke’s earlier movies.
This falling out prompted what District Judge Shenagh Bayne described as a “barrage” of abusive messages aimed at Clarke on Instagram and Twitter. Recalling the messages, Clarke told Hammersmith Magistrates Court: “They were abusive in nature, some calling me a bully, some saying I was sabotaging him. They went on to include inciting people to hurt me, and [he] sent videos on Instagram.”
Finding the actor guilty, Judge Bayne told Deacon: “The sheer number of messages that you sent is indicative of your intention to harass Mr Clarke. You were aware of the effect that your behaviour would have. You clearly were trying to illicit a response from Mr Clarke otherwise why post #wallofsilence, #industry and #standuptobullies. I am satisfied… that you intended to cause him harassment and distress because of your grievance that goes back a long time.”
After being found guilty, Deacon was released on bail and is due back at Hammersmith Magistrates Court on August 20 for sentencing, Sky News reports. Judge Bayne said that she will be considering “a sentence within the community” and “certainly wouldn’t be considering anything greater than that”.
Deacon won the BAFTA ‘Rising Star’ award in 2012 for his directorial debut with Anuvahood. Last year he appeared in Danny Boyle’s acclaimed Channel 4 drama series Babylon.