More women have reportedly come forward with further allegations against Noel Clarke, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed.
Scotland Yard explained that there is currently no criminal investigation against Clarke, who was first accused of bullying and sexual assault in April.
Clarke, known for writing, directing and starring in the Hood trilogy films, was accused by 20 women in an exposé published by The Guardian of a variety of wrongdoings – from alleged bullying to sexual harassment and unwanted sexual contact. He denied all claims through his lawyers except for one, accepting that he once made inappropriate comments about one woman for which he later apologised.
A new statement from the Metropolitan Police obtained by the BBC reads: “On Wednesday, 21 April, police received a third party report relating to allegations of sexual offences allegedly committed by a male over a period of time.
Earlier this month, the BBC said it would not proceed with any projects involving Noel Clarke in light of the allegations made against him.BAFTA suspended Clarke’s membership and his cinema contribution award win after the claims were published in the exposé.
We have made a statement regarding Noel Clarke on our website https://t.co/C5yi6BmDlA
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) April 29, 2021
The letter highlighted a broader culture of sexism and sexual harassment against women in film and TV, and called for industry-wide action to be taken.