Noel Clarke sex claims 'probed by Bafta night before he received award' as at least 27 women have now come forward

SEX claims against Noel Clarke were probed by Bafta up until the night before he received his award, it is alleged.

At least 27 women have now come forward to accuse the star of a range of acts – including sharing sexually explicit pictures and videos without consent.

The allegations, which have been fiercely denied by the married director, relate to a period between 2004 and 2019, the Guardian reports.

They have caused his glittering career to crumble around him – with two broadcasters already cancelling his shows.

Bafta also stripped his award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema, which he only received on April 10.

The newspaper has now claimed the committee were investigating the claims until the night before the award was given to Clarke.

They had been made aware of the allegations two weeks before but there was not enough evidence for them to "take action".

Bafta yesterday confirmed the emails it received were "either anonymous or second or third-hand accounts via intermediaries".

The committee's chair Krishnendu Majumdar is said to have repeatedly asked the intermediaries to speak to him up until April 9 but none agreed.

He reportedly told one: "People will say, ‘Bafta knew, and didn’t do anything about it.’ We’ve been trying to do something about it.

'"In the court of public opinion we are going to be … this will destroy us.”

Yesterday, 20 women had come forward to make allegations but this has since risen to 27.

One told The Sun how Clarke allegedly bombarded her with texts and videos after telling him she loved Doctor Who.

Among those who have come forward are Brotherhood producer Gina Powell.

She alleged he told her he planned to "f**k and fire her" before changing his mind and keeping her on board.

The producer, who worked with Clarke for three years between 2014 and 2017, also claimed the actor bragged about having secret films of naked auditions.

A number of Clarke's co-stars have now spoken out against the actor and director in support of his alleged victims.

Jaime Winstone, who featured in 2006’s Kidulthood, shared imagery for Time’s Up, the movement founded amid the Harvey Weinstein scandal which supports victims of sexual harassment.

Jaime, 35, wrote alongside: “When you’re late to the party but you’ve been on the list for 15 years.”

Viewpoint actress Alexandra Roach said she "sees, hears and believes" women of sexual crimes, adding that she does not want to work with "sexual predators".

The explosive final episode of the hit show was last night pulled by ITV because of the “very serious nature” of the allegations.

It came after Sky confirmed they have "halted" work with the actor following the claims.

Clarke starred in Sky's crime drama Bulletproof, which had a fourth series commissioned in January.

As the allegations mounted against the Kidulthood star, he released a second statement to say he is "deeply sorry".

But he vehemently denied 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.”

Bafta said: "In the days following the announcement, Bafta received anonymous emails of allegations in relation to Noel Clarke. These were either anonymous or second or third-hand accounts via intermediaries. No first-hand allegations were sent to us. No names, times, dates, productions or other details were ever provided.

"Had the victims gone on record as they have with The Guardian, the award would have been suspended immediately. Noel Clarke's counsel received a legal notice to this effect. It was always very clear what our intentions would be."

The lengthy memo added: "We acted as quickly and supportively as we could, even though we had only received the most generic of claims and no actual first-hand information to investigate allegations which were potentially of a criminal nature.

"Having received the same anonymous emails, Noel Clarke contacted Bafta, urgently requesting a conversation and sending numerous texts to do. We confronted him with the anonymous allegations, which he strongly denied."

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