Noel Clarke’s Kidulthood co-star Jaime Winstone has broken her silence to cast her support behind the disgraced actor’s accusers in a poignant Time’s Up post.
The actress, 35, who appeared as Becky opposite the actor in the 2006 film, shared the image on Instagram alongside a caption that read, ‘If you’re late to the party, but you’ve been on the list for 15 years. ‘
Noel has faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and bullying by 20 women in a series of shocking claims published by The Guardian. The Doctor Who star has “deeply” apologized for his actions, but “vehemently” denied any sexual misconduct.
Speaking: Noel Clarke’s Kidulthood co-star Jaime Winstone has broken her silence to cast her support behind the actor’s accusers in a poignant Time’s Up post (pictured in 2007)
Jaime shared the image of the Time’s Up movement, which rose to prominence in 2018 as an initiative by 300 female Hollywood actors, executives, writers and directors to “ combat systemic sexual harassment in the entertainment business. ”
Jaime is one of several stars who have openly shared their support for Noel’s prosecutors, with actress Michaela Coel writing a lengthy post after the allegations were revealed.
Cryptic: The actress, who appeared opposite the actor in the 2006 film, shared the image with a caption: ‘If you’re late for the party, but you’ve been on the list for 15 years’
Screen: Jaime played Becky in the drama about a group of teenagers in Ladbroke Grove who engage in reckless behaviors such as crime, sex and recreational drug use
She said, “I am here to give great support to the 20 brave women who have come forward; those who have shared their identities with us, as well as those who have preferred to use an alias; the mental hurdles a black woman must overcome to do something like reveal her identity in a story of rape, abuse, or bullying by someone in our community can sometimes be too much.
‘Speaking up about these incidents takes a lot of force, because some call them’ gray areas’. However, they are far from gray. This behavior is unprofessional, violent and can irretrievably destroy a person’s perception of himself, his place in the world and his career.
“I have shared to show solidarity, express my faith in them and assist them in their outrage.”
On Saturday, Christina Chong, who starred opposite Noel in his Sky One series Bulletproof, claimed that the allegations of sexual harassment and bullying against him are the British film industry’s ‘best kept secret’.
She shares the Guardian article on Twitter, claiming that the claims have been the UK film industry’s best kept secret for years!
Clarke pictured with his wife, former makeup artist Iris Da Silva, at the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in February 2017
She said, ‘When in doubt, believe me, it’s true. Why would twenty women force themselves to relive their trauma to bring down an actor who isn’t even a household name? He is a sexual predator #stoppable. ‘
Mandeep Dhillon, 30, who appeared as Kamali Khan on the Sky One show, added: ‘About f ****** time. Not @ me. ‘
Chong responded to her Instagram post, saying, ‘I took the words right out of my mouth.’
Both actresses later posted identical posts on their social media accounts, reading, ‘We’re among the women sexually harassed by Noel Clarke #stoppable #timesup #metoo.’
Earlier, Bulletproof actor Ashley Walters said he was “ deeply saddened ” by the allegations against Clarke in a lengthy statement on Twitter.
He added: ‘My thoughts are with the women who have come forward and told their terrible stories, I am in shock and deeply saddened by what I have heard on many levels.
I could never condone this kind of behavior in or out of the workplace, and although Noel has been a friend and colleague for a number of years, I cannot resist and ignore these allegations.
Sexual harassment, abuse and bullying have no place in our industry.
“Every woman has the right to a safe workplace and I pledge my commitment to this in the future.”
In response to the claims, in which Clarke was banned from Bafta, the actor said in a statement: ‘I strongly deny any sexual or criminal misconduct.
However, recent reports have made it clear to me that some of my actions have affected people in ways that I did not intend or realized. For those people, I am very sorry. I will seek professional help to educate and change myself for the better. ‘
His comments came amid reports that Bafta spent two weeks deciding how best to respond to allegations against Clarke before handing him an award.
The film academy was made aware of allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and verbal abuse shortly after it announced its intention to honor the director with an award for outstanding British contribution to cinema, The Guardian said.
It added that senior figures within the film academy were concerned about the potential reputational damage to the organization in handling the claims against Clarke.
Bafta Chairman Krishnendu Majumdar was reportedly aware that as many as 12 women would be making allegations against Clarke on the eve of the awards ceremony.
He tried to speak to anyone who had first-hand experience of Clarke’s alleged misconduct and told an industry figure that he was ‘trying to do something’ about the situation because it could ‘destroy’ ‘Bafta’ in the court of public opinion, ”the newspaper said. .
Bafta added that it acted “as quickly and supportively as we could, even though we had only received the most general claims and no first-hand factual information to investigate allegations that may have been of a criminal nature.”
They also claimed that they would not have handed the award to Clarke had they received this testimony.
An actress friend of Noel’s also told MailOnline on Friday that the 20 women who accuse him of being a ‘sexual predator’ are pursuing a racist ‘witch hunt’.
The actress, who asked not to be named, said the 45-year-old actor, writer and director has fallen out of favor because “ no one likes it when a man of color comes to the top. ”
Clarke, who is married to former makeup artist Iris Da Silva and has three children, wrote and starred in the acclaimed movie trilogy Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood and many TV hits, including Doctor Who.
He is accused of a campaign of sexual harassment, groping and bullying between 2004 and 2019.
The sexual harassment charges were against Clarke, best known for co-creating The Hood Trilogy, in The Guardian last night.
Clarke vehemently denied the allegations in a statement to the newspaper, claiming that it informed Bafta of the 20 women’s allegations 13 days before handing him his outstanding contribution on April 10.
The allegations surfaced last night, just before his new crime drama Viewpoint was due to air on ITV. Noel, 45, plays lead character DC Martin Young, but the broadcaster, who was reportedly in crisis mode, resisted calls to pull it despite a sex scene he was involved in at the end of the episode.
One viewer tweeted: ‘This should definitely have been pulled tonight and taken off the player until this is dealt with’. Another wrote: ‘It featured a sex scene involving … him. Absolutely should not have been broadcast ‘.
He said: ‘In a career spanning twenty years, I have put inclusivity and diversity at the forefront of my work and have never filed a complaint against me.
If anyone who has worked with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespected, I apologize sincerely. I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or misconduct and intend to defend myself against these false allegations. ‘