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Noel Clarke has announced he's 'seeking professional help' after allegations of harassment and bullying were made against him, but says he 'vehemently denies' any sexual misconduct.
A statement to the PA news agency said: "I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing.
"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."
Clarke, 45, has been accused of groping, harassment and bullying after 20 women came forward to share their story with The Guardian.
In the wake of the allegations, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has suspended his membership, with a spokesperson saying in a statement: "In light of the allegations of serious misconduct regarding Noel Clarke in The Guardian this evening, BAFTA has taken the decision to suspend his membership and the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award immediately and until further notice."
Sky has also 'halted' its work with Clarke, who has starred in crime drama Bulletproof - which was renewed for a fourth series in January.
Sky said in a statement: "Effective immediately, we have halted Noel Clarke's involvement in any future Sky productions."
His Bulletproof co-star Ashley Walters said he is 'deeply saddened' by the allegations, which he 'cannot stand by and ignore', writing on social media: "Sexual harassment, abuse and bullying have no place in our industry. Every woman has the right to a safe workplace and moving forward I pledge my dedication to this."
Earlier today, ITV also announced it had decided not to broadcast the final episode of the Viewpoint, with a spokesperson saying: "ITV has a zero tolerance policy to bullying, harassment and victimisation and robust procedures in place to investigate and deal with any complaints. We strongly believe that everyone deserves to work in a supportive and safe environment.
"In light of the very serious nature of the allegations against Noel Clarke raised by 20 women in the Guardian's report, ITV has decided it is no longer appropriate to broadcast the final episode of the drama Viewpoint on ITV main channel this evening.
"We are mindful that some of our viewers have already invested four hours of their time over the past four nights in following this thriller which was due to conclude this evening, and they have yet to see the final episode. As such we plan to make it available on ITV Hub tonight for a limited time for any viewers who wish to seek it out, and watch its conclusion."
A previous statement from Clarke said: "In a 20-year career, I have put inclusivity and diversity at the forefront of my work and never had a complaint made against me.
"If anyone who has worked with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespected, I sincerely apologise.
"I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and intend to defend myself against these false allegations."
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