“BAFTA has decided to suspend membership and the UK’s Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award immediately and until further notice,” she added.
The suspension comes just weeks after Clarke received the award – one of the Academy’s most prestigious awards – at its annual April 10 ceremony.
According to the Guardian, 20 women who all knew him for work between 2004 and 2019 were charged with sexual harassment and bullying against Clarke.
The Guardian claims BAFTA knew some of the allegations prior to the award ceremony.
“In a 20-year career I’ve put inclusivity and diversity at the forefront of my work and never filed a complaint against myself,” he said in the statement. “If anyone who has worked with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespectful, I sincerely apologize. I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or misconduct and I intend to defend myself against these false allegations.”
CNN has asked Clarke’s representative for additional comments.
In a statement sent to its members and shared with CNN, BAFTA said it had received allegations against Clarke prior to the awards ceremony but could not take action as the claims were being made anonymously or indirectly.
“No first-hand allegations were sent to us. No names, times, dates, productions or other details were ever given,” the academy said.
“We deeply regret that women have not felt able to give us the kind of firsthand testimony that has now been published in The Guardian,” he continued, adding, “If we had received this, we would have Noel never presented the award to Clarke. “
On Friday, the British broadcaster Sky, which recently aired a third season of Clarke’s detective series “Bulletproof”, announced that it had stopped all future work with him “with immediate effect.” The company said it “stands against all forms of sexual harassment and bullying and takes all such allegations extremely seriously.”
Vertigo Films, the production company behind Bulletproof, said: “We are devastated to learn about these allegations and have opened an urgent investigation to see if they apply to Vertigo Films productions. Maybe he was on the set had a negative experience. “
“Although Noel has been a friend and colleague for several years, I cannot ignore these allegations,” added Walters.
Following the allegations, broadcaster ITV pulled the final episode of “Viewpoint,” a tense, five-part drama starring Clarke, from prime time on Friday at 9 p.m. and said it was “no longer appropriate” to air the final episode. It said it would make the episode available online for a limited time.
An ITV spokesperson said, “ITV has a zero tolerance policy on bullying, harassment and victimization, as well as solid procedures for investigating and handling complaints. We believe that everyone deserves it, in a supportive and safe environment to work.”
In 2006, London-born Clarke won praise for his gritty drama “Kidulthood,” a film he wrote about a group of teenagers in west London and in which he starred.
The sequel, Adulthood, directed by Clarke, was released in 2008 and a third film, Brotherhood, premiered in 2016.
Clarke played as Mickey Smith in Doctor Who and made history as the Doctor’s first black companion.