The next story accommodates graphic particulars of tried suicide, and reader discretion is suggested.
Noel Clarke says he “misplaced every thing” and was suicidal following sexual harassment allegations made in opposition to him final 12 months.
In April 2021, a report was printed in the Guardian that noticed 20 girls accuse Clarke of a wide range of wrongdoings – from alleged bullying to sexual harassment and undesirable sexual contact. Clarke mentioned in an announcement on the time that he “vehemently” denied on the allegations.
The fallout included BAFTA suspending Clarke’s membership (for which he has sued the organisation), whereas police have mentioned there’s not sufficient proof to launch a prison investigation into the allegations.
In a brand new interview with the Mail On Sunday, Clarke has spoken in regards to the ordeal for the primary time, saying the allegations “broken me in a means I can’t articulate… I misplaced every thing”.
He continued: “20 years of labor was in gone in 24 hours. Have I ever made a saucy remark? 100 per cent. However to not the extent that it warranted the destruction of my life.
“I can’t say I by no means talked about intercourse at work. We’re adults in a office… I feel typically these are simply regular conversations folks have.”
He added: “I used to be by no means concerned in any dialog that I didn’t imagine was mutual.”
In the identical interview, Clarke revealed that he grew to become suicidal after the allegations have been made, saying: “I wanted to do one thing unsurvivable,” and revealing that he discovered a knife he purchased whereas filming Auf Wiedersehen, Pet in the US twenty years in the past, with the intention of reducing his personal throat.
“I used to be reaching for a e-book and the knife fell out of my pocket. My 11-year-old mentioned, ‘Daddy, why have you ever received that?’” he added.
“I mentioned, ‘It’s simply to choose the filth out of my nails…’ And he mentioned, ‘Oh, OK,’ and by some means the ordinariness of that snapped me out of it. As much as that time, I had been ready for the precise second to kill myself. I used to be out of right here. Achieved. I didn’t care about something. My thoughts was destroyed.”
After the information of the allegations in opposition to Clarke surfaced, ITV made the choice to tug the finale of Clarke’s present Viewpoint. Sky, in the meantime, dropped Clarke and suspended manufacturing on the brand new season of Bulletproof till additional discover.
For assist, recommendation or extra info relating to sexual harassment, assault and rape within the UK, go to the Rape Disaster charity web site. Within the US, go to RAINN.
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