Scottish Daily Mail

Clarke’s ‘sexual harassment on Doctor Who set’

Five more women allege misconduct

- By Eleanor Sharples TV and Radio Reporter

FRESH sexual misconduct allegation­s have been made about the behaviour of Noel Clarke, this time on the set of Doctor Who.

Five women yesterday accused Clarke, who played Mickey Smith from 2005 to 2010, of sexual harassment.

The allegation­s relate to his time filming the hit BBC sci-fi show as well as at a promotiona­l event for the programme.

Clarke’s co-star John Barrowman, who played Captain Jack Harkness, was also accused of repeatedly exposing himself on set. Yesterday Barrowman said his behaviour was ‘only ever intended in good humour’ and claimed it has changed since he first apologised for the incident in 2008.

Following the latest allegation­s the BBC condemned any inappropri­ate behaviour and said it was ‘shocked’ at the claims. Old episodes of Doctor Who, in which Clarke played the boyfriend of Billie Piper’s character, Rose, last night remained on iPlayer.

And Clarke’s Bafta acceptance speech from this year – for an accolade which has since been rescinded – is still available on the platform.

The latest accusation­s come after The Guardian published allegation­s of misconduct from 20 women who knew Clarke profession­ally.

Bafta suspended his membership

‘Only intended in good humour’

and his recent outstandin­g British contributi­on to cinema award, while TV channels cut ties with him.

Clarke, 45, has said he ‘vehemently’ denies allegation­s of sexual misconduct or criminal behaviour but will seek profession­al help and has apologised for his actions.

Clarke has now been accused by a number of women of sexual harassment on the set of Doctor Who and at a promotiona­l event.

One woman who worked on the show told The Guardian that she complained about Clarke’s behaviour – in which he ‘touched her inappropri­ately’ – to an assistant director and was put on different duties.

Another woman, who also worked on the show, alleged to the newspaper that Clarke sexually harassed her and another female co-worker in a bar in Cardiff in the mid-2000s.

Lawyers acting on behalf of Clarke told the newspaper the actor vehemently denies both allegation­s.

The accusation­s against Barrowman come after a video from 2015 resurfaced showing Clarke making jokes about Barrowman exposing himself ‘every five seconds’.

Sources told the newspaper they did not believe Barrowman’s behaviour to be sexually predatory and described it as misjudged ‘larking about’ and ‘joking’. Barrowman told The Guardian his ‘high-spirited behaviour’ was ‘only ever intended in good humour.

‘With the benefit of hindsight, I understand that upset may have been caused by my exuberant behaviour and I have apologised for this previously,’ he said.

‘Since my apology in November 2008, my understand­ing and behaviour have also changed.’

Barrowman added that he was at no point made aware of any allegation­s against Clarke.

In a statement, the BBC said: ‘The BBC is against all forms of inappropri­ate behaviour and we’re shocked to hear of these allegation­s. To be absolutely clear, we will investigat­e any specific allegation­s made by individual­s to the BBC – and if anyone has been subjected to or witnessed inappropri­ate behaviour of any kind we would encourage them to raise it with us directly.

‘We have a zero-tolerance approach and robust processes are in place – which are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect best practice – to ensure any complaints or concerns are handled with the utmost seriousnes­s and care.’

 ??  ?? Hit show: Noel Clarke, who played Mickey Smith, with Billie Piper as Rose
Hit show: Noel Clarke, who played Mickey Smith, with Billie Piper as Rose

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