The body knew of allegations before giving Clarke award
Bafta – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts – has reported itself to the Charity Commission after sexual harassment allegations were made against actor Noel Clarke.
Reports allege 20 women have spoken out about claims of sexual harassment by Clarke, all of which he strongly denies.
It is claimed Bafta, a registered charity, knew about the allegations before awarding Clarke with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema earlier this month.
The organisation has now filed a serious incident report with the Charity Commission.
Bafta said: “In light of the allegations of serious misconduct regarding Noel Clarke in The Guardian, Bafta has taken the decision to suspend his membership and the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award immediately and until further notice.”
Bafta’s chair Krishnendu Majumdar and chief executive Amanda Berry put out a joint statement saying they had received anonymous reports of Clarke’s behaviour.
“These were either anonymous or second or third hand accounts via intermediaries. No firsthand allegations were sent to us. No names, times, dates, productions or other details were ever provided.
“Had the victims gone on record as they have with The Guardian, the award would have been suspended immediately. Noel Clarke’s counsel received a legal notice to this effect. It was always very clear what our intentions would be.
“We want to reassure you that we have treated this matter with the utmost seriousness, care and proper process at every stage.
“The Bafta board of trustees has remained right across this matter, has met a number of times and are fully supportive of all actions taken.”
A spokesperson for the Charity Commission said it was assessing the information and wouldn’t comment further.