Co-star Ashley Walters said he was “deeply saddened” by the allegations against Noel Clarke, but he “cannot stand idly by and ignore the allegations.”
In a social media statement, Walters, who appears alongside Clarke in Bulletproof, wrote: “My thoughts are with the women who have stepped forward and told their horrible stories, I am in shock and deeply saddened by what I have heard on a multitude of levels.
“I could never tolerate behavior of this nature either in or outside the workplace, and although Noel has been a friend and colleague for several years, I cannot stand up and ignore these allegations.
“Sexual harassment, abuse and bullying have no place in our industry. Every woman has the right to a safe workplace and to move forward, I pledge to make a commitment to this.”
Clarke, 45, has been charged with sexual harassment and intimidation for a number of years after 20 women came forward to describe abuse to The Guardian newspaper.
The actor “vehemently” denies the claims, writing in a statement: “In 20 years of career, I have put inclusion and diversity at the forefront of my work and I have never had a complaint against me. .
“If anyone who has worked with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespected, I sincerely apologize.
“I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or any wrongdoing and I intend to defend myself against these false allegations.”
Clarke is currently starring in the ITV five-part crime drama Viewpoint, although the broadcaster has announced that he is shooting the final episode which was scheduled to air Friday night.
The broadcaster said it was “no longer appropriate” to show the program and added that it would instead make the series finale available on its catch-up service “for a limited time.”
One of Clarke’s co-stars on the show, Alexandra Roach, tweeted that she believed the accusers.
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