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Noel Clarke ‘encouraged students at London drama school to remove their clothes’ 

Noel Clarke ‘encouraged students at London drama school to remove their clothes during improvisation workshops’

  • Twenty women have accused Noel Clarke, 45, of sexual harassment and bullying
  • Six more people have now come forward with further allegations of misconduct
  • These included former students who attended London School of Dramatic Art
  • Clarke’s lawyers denied the claims and defended Clarke’s conduct in workshops

Noel Clarke encouraged drama school students to remove their clothes during improvisation workshops, it has been claimed.   

Twenty women who knew Clarke in a professional capacity accused the Kidulthood and Doctor Who actor of sexual harassment and bullying in a series of shocking claims published by The Guardian on Thursday.

Six more people have now come forward with further allegations of misconduct against the 45-year-old, including former students at the London School of Dramatic Art. 

It was reported that Clarke encouraged students to remove their clothes during improvisation workshops, titled Facing Your Fears, before the school’s founder Jake Taylor was alerted.

Noel Clarke, 45, (pictured) encouraged drama school students to remove their clothes during improvisation workshops, it has been claimed 

Mr Taylor told the publication that after being told about the alleged conduct he said he swiftly ‘stopped [Clarke] doing the classes’.

‘Nobody should ever be asked to take their clothes off by a member of staff, or anybody,’ he added.

Clarke’s lawyers denied that the school had ever asked him to stop giving classes, according to The Guardian, adding that the exercise was designed to relax students’ anxieties and ‘normalise’ removing clothes in a safe environment.

They added that participation for the male and female adult students was not compulsory. 

Clarke yesterday apologised ‘deeply’ for his actions and said he will be seeking professional help but has ‘vehemently’ denied sexual misconduct or criminal behaviour.

Six more people have now come forward with allegations of misconduct against the 45-year-old including former students at the London School of Dramatic Art (pictured)

Six more people have now come forward with allegations of misconduct against the 45-year-old including former students at the London School of Dramatic Art (pictured)

The actor and producer, who is married to make-up artist Iris Da Silva, said it has become clear to him that 'some of my actions have affected people in ways I did not intend or realise'

The actor and producer, who is married to make-up artist Iris Da Silva, said it has become clear to him that ‘some of my actions have affected people in ways I did not intend or realise’

The actor and producer, who is married to make-up artist Iris Da Silva, said it has become clear to him that ‘some of my actions have affected people in ways I did not intend or realise’, and offered an apology to those affected.

His comments came amid reports that Bafta spent two weeks deciding how best to respond to allegations against Clarke prior to presenting him with one of its highest honours, the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award.

The father-of-three was suspended from Bafta following the allegations and Sky took the decision to ‘halt’ filming of the latest series of his east London crime drama Bulletproof.

Many of Clarke’s female costars, including Alexandra Roach, have since claimed he is a ‘sexual predator’ and said the raft of sexual harassment and bullying allegations against him are the British film industry’s ‘best kept secret’. 

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