Noel Clarke’s Kidulthood co-star Adam Deacon has alleged he was a sufferer of the actor for 15 years, saying the star sabotaged his profession and that his “gaslighting” led to “the whole breakdown” of his psychological well being.
Deacon made the claims in a press release saying he believes “each single phrase” of the allegations made by greater than 20 girls accusing Clarke of misconduct.
In response to the unique claims, first printed following an investigation by the Guardian newspaper, Clarke “vehemently” denied allegations of sexual misconduct and felony behaviour however apologised “deeply” for his actions and stated he can be in search of skilled assist.
Deacon starred in Clarke’s gritty break-out movie Kidulthood in 2006 and the 2008 follow-up Maturity, however the pair have an advanced historical past. After a public fall-out, Deacon was given a restraining order in 2015 after being convicted of harassing his former mentor.
Nonetheless, Deacon says it was Clarke’s “sociopathic” behaviour that led to his breakdown and that these with psychological well being issues “ought to nonetheless be believed”.
Posting his assertion on Twitter, Deacon stated: “I want to begin by saying that I stand by all the ladies who’ve spoken out and advised of their harrowing experiences with Noel Clarke. I wholeheartedly consider each single phrase and I hope that anybody who’s but to return ahead with data will probably be listened to.
“I actually have been a sufferer of Noel Clarke for 15 years. My profession was regularly sabotaged and the gaslighting grew to become so extreme that it led to the whole breakdown of my psychological well being.
“As you’ll know I’ve spoken out concerning this man’s sociopathic behaviour on a number of events however my claims had been at all times dismissed. Folks coping with psychological well being might at instances clarify issues otherwise however they need to nonetheless be believed.”
Deacon went on to say he wished his claims had been believed earlier.
“I solely want that everybody had taken extra discover of my phrases,” he stated. “[Clarke’s] horrific abuse of energy might have been stopped earlier than it affected so many others.”
Throughout 2020, Deacon suffered one other breakdown, and wrote about his experiences for Sky Information.
Like Clarke, he was a recipient of BAFTA‘s rising star award, choosing up the prize in 2012, three years after his former mentor.
Regardless of profitable the award forward of the likes of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth and Chris O’Dowd, his profession by no means actually took off because it did for different winners, together with James McAvoy, Kristen Stewart and Daniel Kaluuya, in addition to Clarke.
Nonetheless, Deacon has began working once more extra just lately, with movies together with Rogue, alongside Megan Fox, and Unique Gangster, starring Steve Guttenberg, launched in 2020.
He stated in his assertion that he was grateful for help obtained because the allegations in opposition to Clarke had been first printed, and added that he was concentrating on his appearing profession.
He continued: “Whereas current occasions have served as a small vindication for me I’m past saddened by the ache that so many individuals have needed to endure by the hands of Noel Clarke.
“I’m now wanting ahead to a contemporary begin and focussing all my time and vitality on my appearing profession.”
Clarke, 45, has over the past 15 years established himself as one of many British movie trade’s most outstanding success tales.
He received vital approval for Kidulthood and Maturity and went on to search out mainstream success in one of many nation’s best-loved collection, with a job in Physician Who between 2005 and 2010.
In April, he was given BAFTA’s prestigious excellent British contribution to cinema award – since taken away following the allegations.
The Met Police pressure has stated it has obtained a third-party report regarding claims of sexual offences dedicated by a male, however there isn’t a investigation underneath approach.
A consultant for Clarke declined to touch upon Deacon’s assertion.