Noel Clarke’s BAFTA award and membership suspended after allegations

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BAFTA has suspended Noel Clarke's membership and his recent award for outstanding contribution to British cinema after allegations against him.

It comes after The Guardian published claims of sexual harassment against the actor and director that he says he "vehemently denies".

In a statement, BAFTA said: "In light of the allegations of serious misconduct regarding Noel Clarke in The Guardian, BAFTA has taken the decision to suspend his membership and the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award immediately and until further notice."

Sky News has asked Noel Clarke's representatives for comment.

In a statement given to The Guardian, Clarke said: "In a 20-year career, I have put inclusivity and diversity at the forefront of my work and never had a complaint made against me.

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"If anyone who has worked with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespected, I sincerely apologise. I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and intend to defend myself against these false allegations."

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