British police confirmed that they had received information from a third party regarding accusations of sexual crimes committed by a man, after the recent accusations against actor Noel Clark.
The London Metropolitan Police said it received a report on April 21, and that investigators were assessing the information, but they had not launched an investigation at this time.
This comes after 20 women accused the actor, Noelle Clark, of sexual harassment and bullying them, but Clark denies “strongly” committing any sexual misconduct or a criminal offense.
“On Wednesday, April 21, the police received a report from a third party regarding allegations of sexual crimes committed by a man (without declaring the identity of the accused) during a specified period,” the London police said in a statement.
The report of the third party (meaning not from the parties to the dispute in the accusations) is unknown and therefore the police cannot investigate the allegation. However, it can be used as an inference, for example to see if its details match the accusations leveled against Clark.
The BBC did not reveal the identity of who had reported the police.
Meanwhile, the British newspaper The Guardian, which first published news of the accusations against Clark on Thursday, said that six other people have now brought charges against him for misconduct, including former students at the London School of Performing Arts.
The school’s director and founder, Jake Taylor, issued a statement saying that Clark had run an “unauthorized” acting workshop, as “he conducted impromptu exercises in which students were told they should undress and get ready for bed.”
In response, the school stopped Clark from offering unsupervised sessions “with immediate effect,” he said.
Taylor adds that Clark has not been active in performing arts school since 2015 and their professional relationship has ended.
On Friday, Taylor confirmed that the school had obtained additional details about what happened in the session, in addition to another session “we were not aware of before.”
He added, “If we had known these details at that time, we would have ended the professional relationship between Noel and our school immediately.”
Clark’s attorneys responded to the allegations and denied that the school had asked Clark to stop his lessons, and said that the workshop, titled “Facing Your Fears,” was aimed at helping students with concerns about their acting roles, thus helping to “get used” to Remove outer clothing in a safe environment.
His attorneys confirmed to the Guardian that Clark categorically denied that he encouraged or forced anyone to nudity as part of the workshop, which they said was open and attended by all adult male and female students.
They added that Clark made it clear that participation was not mandatory.
In its report on Thursday, The Guardian published allegations of harassment and bullying from women who know Clark professionally.
The situation developed the next day, and Clark said on Friday that he was “deeply sorry” for some of his actions and would seek professional help, before publishing details of what he had done at school.
However, he “strongly” denied that any sexual misconduct or criminal offense occurred.
“Recent reports have made it clear to me that some of my actions affected people in ways that I did not intend or realize,” he said in a statement.
He apologized to everyone, saying, “To these people I am very sorry. I will seek professional help to educate myself and change for the better.”
In response to these reports, ITV decided not to broadcast on Friday the last episode of the police drama “Point of View”, in which Clark is starring.
Sky also suspended its work with Clark, including the fourth series of the crime drama “Bulletproof”.
Criticism of Bafta
The British Film and Television Academy (BAFTA) discontinued Clark nearly three weeks after he was awarded a prize for his outstanding contribution.
Some criticized BAFTA for honoring Clark on April 10. She had received reports of allegations against the actor in 12 days separating his announcement as the recipient of the award and the ceremony itself.
According to The Guardian, BAFTA Chairman Krishnindo Majumdar said he had heard that up to 12 women could provide evidence in the investigation.
BAFTA defended its position on Clark, saying that the emails she received with the charges against him “were either anonymous accounts or user accounts or users through intermediaries.”
“If the victims had been recorded as they did with the Guardian, the award could have been suspended immediately,” she said.
British actor Clark, 45, is best known for playing Mickey Smith in “Doctor Who” from 2005 to 2010, and in his three films “Kidulthood”, “Adulthood” and “Brotherhood”. He is also a writer, director, and producer.