London’s Metropolitan Police have issued a statement saying British actor Noel Clarke will not face a criminal investigation, after more than 20 women again accused the actor of bullying and sexual harassment in April 2021.
In a statement, the Met said: “Following a thorough assessment by specialist detectives, it has been determined that the information will not meet the threshold of a criminal investigation.
“We shared our findings with the third-party organization and updated the complainants who then contacted us following the initial report.”
Allegations of misconduct by 20 women who had met Clarke professionally were first reported in the UK. The Guardian last April, including allegations of groping and secretly filming an actress during a nude audition, and came less than three weeks after Clarke was awarded Outstanding Film Award Contribution by the Bafta Film Awards .
Following the charges, Clarke issued a statement to the AP news agency saying he was ‘deeply sorry’ and ‘seeking professional help’, but ‘I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or foul play’ .
The Met’s statement added: “If further criminal allegations relating to those already assessed are reported, they will be carefully considered.”
Actor, director and writer Clarke’s credits include the Childhood trilogy and television series Doctor Who and Armored. Following the accusations, Clarke quit her own production company, Bafta suspended Clarke’s membership in the organization and withdrew her Outstanding British Film Award contribution, Clarke’s Sky series. Armored was dropped and ITV refused to air the final episode of the series he starred in, Point of view.