BAFTA TV Awards: Noel Clarke controversy threatens to overshadow ceremony – with stars anticipated to name out abuse

Noel Clarke has been suspended by BAFTA over harassment allegations

2021-06-03 22:33:00

The movie and TV sector must take extra duty for abuse within the {industry}, the chair of Time’s Up has instructed Sky Information.

Dame Heather Rabbatts, who can also be a non-executive chairman of actor Noel Clarke‘s manufacturing firm, stated the sector “completely wants to search out methods wherein it could possibly take extra duty”.

Clarke, a prolific movie and TV producer and actor, was handed the excellent contribution award in the course of the academy’s movie awards earlier this yr, regardless of BAFTA being conscious of harassment allegations in opposition to him.

Coel is pictured at the BAFTAs in London
Michaela Coel, who’s nominated in numerous classes at tonight’s BAFTA TV Awards, got here out in assist of the ladies who made allegations in opposition to Clarke

The Guardian spoke to round 20 ladies, with extra coming ahead afterwards, to accuse Clarke of sexual harassment and bullying – claims he “vehemently denies”.

Dame Heather instructed Sky Information she didn’t know in regards to the allegations, and nor did any of the ladies come ahead to Time’s Up – a charity working to finish sexual harassment within the office arrange in January 2018.

She stated: “I do assume there’s been progress, however completely we have to look laser-like at ‘what are the gaps?, what’s it that we have to do subsequent?’ And there is not a easy reply. It’s only by working collectively that we are going to provide you with some collective options.”

It comes as stars of the small display screen get able to stroll down the BAFTA pink carpet this night for the TV awards – however the controversy surrounding Clarke nonetheless hangs within the air.

Alex Pumfrey, head of the Movie And TV Charity, says safeguarding individuals who work within the {industry} and ensuring they really feel higher supported should now be a precedence, and that there must be “some type of industry-wide reporting system that folks can go to that can determine and cope with these points after they happen”.

Chatting with Sky Information, she stated that due to the character of the {industry}, with many individuals engaged on freelance initiatives, “incidents typically happen in a lot of totally different locations, underneath a lot of totally different employers” and “that is a part of the complexity of recognizing them and coping with them”.

This yr’s TV BAFTA nominees embody Sir Steve McQueen’s Small Axe and Michaela Coel, whose hit present I Might Destroy you offers with problems with consent and bullying.

Movie Critic Hanna Flint instructed Sky Information she wouldn’t be shocked if Coel and Sir Steve specifically discuss with the allegations in opposition to Clarke if they provide winners’ speeches.

“They’re outspoken individuals, they don’t seem to be afraid to talk their thoughts,” she stated.

Coel issued an announcement supporting the ladies who made allegations in opposition to Clarke and has additionally spoken brazenly about abuse within the {industry}. And Sir Steve criticised BAFTA final yr, warning it was at risk of “changing into irrelevant” if it didn’t deal with the dearth of variety in its nominations.

After the allegations in opposition to Clarke got here to mild, BAFTA suspended his membership and took again the accolade, however confronted fury from the {industry} for not performing rapidly sufficient.

Deputy chair of BAFTA Dame Pippa Harris instructed Sky Information on the time: “If we had had one fraction of the knowledge that The Guardian had had, we might by no means have given an award to Noel Clarke.

“That’s apparent, however we did not have that data. The primary time that we noticed the precise allegations in opposition to him was after they have been printed by the Guardian newspaper and as quickly as we noticed the allegations, we suspended the award.”

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