Sexual harassment and bullying claims brought against actor Noel Clarke will not lead to a criminal police investigation, the Met has revealed.
The BAFTA winner had up to 20 allegations made against him. However these are now thought not to ‘meet the threshold for a criminal investigation’, the Met told the Mirror.
Last May, the force was assessing claims against the 46-year-old, with more women coming forward in July.
Anna Birley, from campaign group Reclaim These Streets, said that women deserve to be listened to and believed.
‘Reporting experiences of sexual assault or abuse is difficult, and so it must be hugely upsetting for women who have been so brave and spoken out to hear that the police don’t believe their testimonies are enough,’ she told the Mirror.
‘Our criminal justice system fails women time and again.
A criminal investigation will not be launched against Noel Clarke, 46, the Met has confirmed, due to allegations not meeting the required ‘threshold’
A spokesperson from the Met Police said that complainants have been updated, and added: ‘If any further allegations related to those already assessed are reported then it will be thoroughly considered.’
Mr Clarke, a married father of three, has denied sexual misconduct.
One of his accusers said that he was going to ‘f ** k her and fire her’ and said that he had filmed a naked audition in secret.
Mr Clarke was awarded the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema BAFTA last year, but it was later suspended.
After the allegations were made public, Sky bosses canceled the fourth season of Mr Clarke’s hit drama series Bulletproof while ITV crime drama Viewpoint saw its last episode pulled. Pictured, Mr Clarke in Viewpoint
Earlier this month, Ashley Walters spoke about his decision to publicly condemn former friend Mr Clarke after sexual harassment allegations, saying ‘it’s not something I condone’.
The Top Boy actor, 39, described himself as a loyal friend but said he felt he had to speak out as his ‘heart went out’ to the women who made allegations against Mr Clarke.
The pair starred alongside each other in police series Bulletproof – which was canceled by Sky One last year.
Mr Walters said he felt that he couldn’t stay silent while speaking to Elizabeth Day on her How To Fail podcast.
He said: ‘It was an emotional time for me, I’ll say that first and foremost, because like you said I am a loyal person. I take my friendships really seriously, but I’m learning to speak up for what I believe in, at the end of the day.
‘I couldn’t stand by and not say what I said, bottom line. A lot of those cases seem quite historical, obviously there were some recent ones, I didn’t witness anything like that, but what I said was I would never agree with anything like that.
‘It’s not how I’ve been brought up, it’s not something I condone.’
The rapper said many people were ‘upset’ by his stance, but he added that he felt he had to stand by what he believed in.
He added: ‘My mum wouldn’t have any of it, I’ve been brought up by some really strong women and I’ve got some really beautiful strong women in my life, and I would never want them to have to experience anything like that or go through anything like that.
‘My heart went out to the people making those accusations, allegedly obviously, but bottom line is that I had to stand on the side that I’m on, and I’m sure that upset a lot of people as much as a lot of people were happy that I did but it was my stance, I stuck with it. Whatever the consequences are for that, then so be it. ‘
Mr Clarke pictured with his wife, former make-up artist Iris Da Silva, at the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall in February 2017
Last year, Mr Walters spoke out against Mr Clarke in a lengthy Twitter statement, saying he was ‘in shock and deeply saddened’ by the allegations.
He wrote: ‘My thoughts are with the women who have come forward and told their awful stories, I am in shock and deeply saddened by what I have heard on a multitude of levels.
‘I could never condone behavior of this nature in nor out of the workplace, and whilst Noel has been a friend and colleague for several years, I cannot stand by and ignore this allegations.
‘Sexual harassment, abuse, and bullying have no place in our industry. Every woman has the right to a safe workplace and moving forward I pledge my dedication to this. ‘
In February, the Mail on Sunday revealed that Mr Clarke’s record company is about to be dissolved.
He formed Unstoppable Records in 2014, but the firm and its sister outfit Unstoppable Music Publishing are about to be removed from the Companies House register.
Neither company has filed a ‘confirmation statement’ in more than a year – a potential criminal offense that can lead to the directors being prosecuted.
Last summer, Mr Clarke quit his TV production company along with co-founder Jason Maza, following the sexual misconduct accusations.
Mr Clarke stood down as director of Unstoppable Film and Television Limited and also as a person of ‘significant control’ in charge of the company. It had produced his Sky series Bulletproof as well as films including Adulthood and Brotherhood.
Noel Clarke and Jason Maza’s TV production company was rebranded to be called Iconoclast
Paperwork filed with Companies House show one TV production firm is going forward
But he and director Mr Maza renamed one of their TV firms, Unstoppable Entertainment Limited.
It is now called Iconoclast Entertainment Limited and coincides with Clarke’s return to social media, where he liked a tweet saying ‘Most people don’t want the truth’.
The word Iconoclast usually refers to an individual who attacks or ignores beliefs or institutions.
Mr Clarke also quit his posts with another company, Crongton Knights, which had been set up to manage production of a drama of the same name, and a company called Something in the Air, which he set up in November 2020.
Last year, Mr Clarke apologized ‘deeply’ for his actions and said he would be seeking professional help, but ‘vehemently’ denied sexual misconduct or criminal behavior.