ITV has cancelled the airing of Noel Clarke’s hit present Viewpoint tonight after 20 ladies accused the star of being a ‘sexual predator’.
The broadcaster says ‘it’s now not acceptable’ to present the final part of the present at 9pm – as an alternative will probably be uploaded to ITV Hub till it’s deleted on Sunday as a result of of the scandal engulfing the actor, 45.
Sky right this moment halted all work with Noel Clarke and cancelled filming of the fourth collection of Bulletproof over sexual harassment claims as his co-star Ashley Walters posted an announcement on social media supporting his alleged victims.
An ITV spokesperson mentioned: ‘In gentle of the very critical nature of the allegations in opposition to Noel Clarke raised by 20 ladies within the Guardian’s report, ITV has determined it’s now not acceptable to broadcast the final episode of the drama Viewpoint on ITV foremost channel this night.
‘ITV has a zero tolerance coverage to bullying, harassment and victimisation and strong procedures in place to examine and cope with any complaints. We strongly imagine that everybody deserves to work in a supportive and secure surroundings.
‘We are conscious that some of our viewers have already invested 4 hours of their time over the previous 4 nights in following this thriller which was due to conclude this night, and so they have but to see the final episode. As such we plan to make it obtainable on ITV Hub tonight for a restricted time for any viewers who want to search it out, and watch its conclusion.’ An ITV supply mentioned there was no complaints about his behaviour whereas making Viewpoint.
Noel Clarke pictured within the five-part drama Viewpoint. The present went forward on ITV final evening (together with this intercourse scene with co-star Alexandra Roach) regardless of the furore – however its broadcast tonight has been axed
TV presenter India Willoughby joined rising numbers of Twitter customers calling on the channel to ‘do the suitable factor’ and axe the hit crime drama, which has been working day by day this week
It got here as an actress buddy of Noel Clarke instructed MailOnline right this moment that the 20 ladies accusing him of being a ‘sexual predator’ are pursuing a racist ‘witchhunt’ because the actor was sacked by Sky, suspended by Bafta and criticised by his co-stars.
Sky mentioned ‘efficient instantly’ it might be ‘halting’ Clarke’s ‘involvement in all future productions’ till an undefined date.
The actor, 45, has starred in three collection of Bulletproof, an East London crime drama, with filming on the fourth set to begin later this 12 months.
Young appeared within the penultimate episode of Viewpoint yesterday, which aired an hour after 20 ladies accused him of sexual harassment, groping and bullying between 2004 and 2019 in claims he has vehemently denied.
She wrote: ‘Let’s see if ITV do the suitable factor and drop tonight’s final episode of Noel Clarke drama #Viewpoint , whereas the allegations are investigated. Big on statements this 12 months. One for the ladies, seeing it is a feminine oriented channel?’
Others criticised ITV for persevering with to air final evening’s episode of Viewpoint, which included a intercourse scene involving Clarke as lead character DC Martin Young and the actress Alexandra Roach.
A spokesperson for Sky mentioned right this moment: ‘Sky stands in opposition to all varieties of sexual harassment and bullying and takes any allegations of this nature extraordinarily significantly. Effective instantly, we now have halted Noel Clarke’s involvement in any future Sky productions.’
Clarke mentioned in response to the allegations: ‘In a 20-year profession, I’ve put inclusivity and variety on the forefront of my work and by no means had a criticism made in opposition to me.
‘If anybody who has labored with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespected, I sincerely apologise. I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and intend to defend myself in opposition to these false allegations.’
‘Incredibly crass determination to broadcast this,’ one Twitter consumer wrote final evening, with a second including: ‘Well that is uncomfortable.’
Others additionally vented their anger on the social community.
Debbie Blackman tweeted: ‘Very awkward about exhibiting #Viewpoint tonight. I need to see what occurs however would not appear proper someway.’
Christian Bevan mentioned: ‘Why are @ITV nonetheless exhibiting #Viewpoint? Surely you’ve got to pull the programme.’
And Noel Elkins added: ‘Totally fallacious determination for @itv to be exhibiting #Viewpoint.’
Clarke has starred in three collection of Bulletproof, an East London crime drama, (pic) with filming on the fourth set to begin later this 12 months
Others additionally vented their anger in opposition to ITV on the social community. MailOnline has contacted the channel for remark
ITV bosses took pressing steps to take away all point out of Clarke from the continuity bulletins for Viewpoint yesterday, in accordance to reviews.
A supply instructed Daily Star: ‘Viewpoint was billed as ITV’s huge crime drama however it’s now in turmoil.
‘The information broke an hour earlier than episode 4 was due to air and ITV made an lively determination not to point out Noel within the voice over announcement on Thursday.
‘Bosses at the moment are in talks about how to proceed selling the remaining of the present which continues on Friday.’
MailOnline has contacted ITV for remark.
ITV bosses took pressing steps to take away all point out of Clarke from the continuity bulletins for Viewpoint yesterday, in accordance to reviews. Pictured is Twitter response in opposition to ITV
Bafta has now suspended the award-winning director’s membership and his excellent British contribution to cinema award, which he was handed earlier this month on the Royal Albert Hall.
Clarke, who’s married to former make-up artist Iris Da Silva with three youngsters, wrote and starred within the acclaimed movie trilogy Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood in addition to many TV hits together with Doctor Who.
But he has been rocked by allegations by ladies that he has labored with that he’s an alleged ‘sexual predator’, who declare he harassed, groped and bullied at work, which he denied in an announcement from his attorneys.
He mentioned he ‘sincerely apologised’ to colleagues who felt ‘uncomfortable or disrespected’, however slammed claims of sexual misconduct or wrongdoing as ‘false allegations’.
The claims had been levelled in opposition to Clarke, finest recognized for showing in Doctor Who and for co-creating The Hood Trilogy, in The Guardian final evening.
Paul Ritter as Leonard Vance, Alex Kingston as Ruth Hattersley, Reece Shearsmith as DS Sean Stone and Clarke as DCI Carl Prior within the TV programme ‘Chasing Shadows’
One lady, who labored as a producer alongside Clarke between 2014 and 2017, alleged that the actor had secretly filmed a unadorned audition of one other lady and bragged about it.
She additionally claimed Clarke uncovered himself to her in a automotive earlier than groping her in a raise the following day.
According to a number of accounts, Clarke confirmed colleagues sexually express photographs and movies of ladies, or implied he had entry to them. He was additionally accused of unsolicited sharing of sexually express photos.
Other ladies have alleged that the actor would topic them to undesirable bodily contact, which included kissing or groping.
Another, who as a young person starred in Kidulthood, Clarke’s debut movie, mentioned in the future close to the beginning of filming he ‘put his tongue in my mouth’ and afterwards would continuously seize her and take a look at to kiss her.
It is alleged that when Clarke heard a few newspaper investigation into the allegations, he tried to contact a number of of his accusers.