On April 29, actor and director Noel Clarke was suspended from BAFTA following allegations of sexual harassment. As reported by The Guardian, 20 ladies, “all of whom knew Clarke in an expert capability,” have spoken with the publication about allegations of “sexual harassment, undesirable touching or groping, sexually inappropriate behaviour and feedback on set, skilled misconduct, taking and sharing sexually specific footage and movies with out consent, and bullying between 2004 and 2019.”
Following the discharge of the article, I May Destroy You creator and actor Michaela Coel shared it on Twitter and posted a press release in solidarity of the 20 ladies who’ve come ahead. “I’m right here to supply nice assist for the 20 courageous ladies who’ve come ahead; those that have shared their identities with us, but in addition those that have most popular to make use of an alias; the psychological hurdles a black girl should overcome to do such a factor as reveal their identification inside a story of rape abuse or bullying by the hands of somebody inside our personal neighborhood can typically be an excessive amount of,” she started.
“Talking out about these incidents takes numerous power as a result of some name them ‘gray areas’. They’re nevertheless removed from gray. These behaviours are unprofessional, violent and might destroy an individual’s notion of themselves, their place on the planet and their profession irreparably. I’ve shared to indicate solidarity, to specific my perception in them and to face with them of their indignation.”
Michaela’s assertion of assist closed: “I applaud the Guardian and its journalists for investigating and publishing this story.”
Since The Guardian‘s story was revealed, Sky has halted Noel’s involvement in “any future productions.”
— Michaela Coel (@MichaelaCoel) April 30, 2021