Noel Clarke on suicidal feelings, abandonment culture, McCarthyism

British film and TV star Noel Clarke has spoken out about the abandonment culture and McCarthyism, revealing he had suicidal thoughts following allegations of sexual harassment.

In an interview with the British tabloid Daily Mail, the first after London’s Metropolitan Police decided not to investigate the allegations against him, Clarke said: “Twenty years of work was gone in 24 hours. I lost everything. The company I built from the ground up, my TV shows, my movies, my book stores, the respect I’ve had in the industry. In my heart and in my head it has damaged me in ways I can’t articulate.”

“There was no arrest, no charge, no trial, no judgement, but I was criminalized,” Clarke added. “It’s a form of modern McCarthyism.”

The downfall came quickly from April 2021, when multiple allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against Clarke, who was best known for starring in shows like Doctor Who and Bulletproof, as well as the films Kidhood and Adulthood. The allegations, first made public as part of a wide-ranging investigation by Britain’s The Guardian newspaper, included sexual harassment, unwanted touching or groping, sexually inappropriate behavior and comments on set, professional misconduct, taking and sharing sexually explicit images and videos without consent as well as bullying between 2004 and 2019.

As a result of the allegations, BAFTA, which had presented Clarke with an Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award, suspended his membership and revoked the award. The actor also lost deals with All3Media, the super indie backers of Clarke’s production company Unstoppable Film and Television, UK broadcaster ITV pulled ‘Viewpoint’ starring Clarke, and the actor was also accused of harassment on the BBC film ‘Doctor Who’ years ago “ accused .

“If we don’t need police anymore and we don’t need judges and juries anymore, if we just need social media and broadcasters, what world are we living in?” Clarke said. “When did the broadcasters in this country become judges, juries, and executioners of people? At what point did BAFTA decide they were no longer about movies and instead about judging people’s lives?

Clarke, who has always denied the allegations, is suing The Guardian and BAFTA for defamation. He told the Daily Mail that he was suicidal at his lowest point and was upset by his one-year-old son. “Up to this point I had been waiting for the right moment to kill myself. i was away from here Finished. I didn’t care. My mind has been destroyed.”

In the interview, Clarke admits he could have been “over-tactile” at times. “I was a regular guy, sure, I flirt. Have I ever made a naughty comment? One hundred percent. But not to the extent that it warranted the destruction of my life,” Clarke said.

“I’m not a predator. Ever since I was 15, I’ve been crossing the street to avoid chasing women,” Clarke added.

https://variety.com/2022/film/global/noel-clarke-suicidal-cancel-culture-mccarthyism-1235280991/ Noel Clarke on suicidal feelings, abandonment culture, McCarthyism

Charles Jones

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