Noel Clarke says he was suicidal after sexual misconduct allegations: ‘I lost everything’

Noel Clarke has said he had suicidal thoughts after being accused of sexual misconduct last year.

in April 2021, The guard published allegations of misconduct by 20 women who knew Clarke, 46, professionally.

The allegations included sexual harassment, unwanted touching or handling, sexually inappropriate comments, taking and sharing sexually explicit images and videos without consent, and bullying.

In a statement at the time Doctor Who star “vehemently” denied “any sexual misconduct or criminal misconduct”.

However, the actor added that he is “deeply sorry” if some of his actions have affected people “in ways I didn’t intend or realise.” He promised to seek professional help “to educate myself and change for the better.”

Speaking for the first time since, Clarke said he had considered suicide after the allegations but had reconsidered after speaking to his 11-year-old son.

Speak with The Post on Sundayhe said: “Until then [conversation]I had waited for the right moment to kill myself. i was away from here Finished. I didn’t care. My mind has been destroyed.”

“I lost everything,” Clarke said. “The company I built from the ground up, my TV shows, my films, my book stores, the respect in the industry I had. In my heart and in my head it has damaged me in ways I can’t articulate.”

Actor Noel Clarke has been accused of sexual misconduct by 20 women

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Elsewhere in the interview, he likened his experience to “modern McCarthyism” and announced that he was suing The guard.

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

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In March, police confirmed that no criminal investigation was being opened into the allegations of sexual assault.

The Metropolitan Police said they had carried out a “thorough assessment” and concluded the information obtained “would not meet the threshold for a criminal investigation”.

“If we don’t need the police and no more judges and juries, if we only need social media and the broadcasters, what world are we living in? When did the broadcasters in this country become judges, juries and executioners of people?” said Clarke.

“At what point did BAFTA decide they were no longer about movies and they were about judging people’s lives? This isn’t about me, it’s about something bigger, it’s about due process. Yes, people have said those things about me – but saying you’re an ass doesn’t make you an ass, does it?”

Clarke is now suing BAFTA and the Guardian for defamation. He is also suing magazine publisher Conde Nast, which published an article about the controversy in his GQ Magazine.

As a result of the allegations, the actor’s TV show Bulletproof was canceled and he was removed from his production company, Unstoppable Film and TV.

Last year, Clarke received the Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema at the 2021 Film Awards.

While Bafta has since suspended Clarke, the original claimed so Guardian report that the awards office was informed of the allegations prior to the show and nevertheless continued to reward Clarke for his work.

Bafta did not deny that it had received “anonymous emails and reports of allegations through intermediaries” but said “no evidence has been presented” that would allow an investigation at this time.

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, you can contact your nearest Rape Crisis organization for specialized, independent and confidential support. Visit their website for more information here.

If you are experiencing or struggling with feelings of need and isolation, the Samaritans offer support; You can speak to someone free of charge and confidentially on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email jo@samaritans.org or visit the Samaritans website for details of your nearest branch.

If you are a US resident and you or someone you know needs mental health help right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Helpline is a free, confidential crisis hotline available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you are in another country, you can go to www.befrienders.org to find a hotline near you.

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