TW: mentions of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, bullying
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On 10 April 2021, Noel Clarke won a BAFTA for his Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. On Thursday 20 April of the same year, The Guardian reported that 20 women had come forward accusing the actor of ‘sexual harassment, unwanted touching or groping, sexually inappropriate behaviour and comments on set, professional misconduct, taking and sharing sexually explicit pictures and videos without consent, and bullying’ between the years 2014 and 2019.
Since The Guardianpublished its investigation and the allegations made against the actor, Noel Clarke has been dropped by almost everyone. BAFTA dropped his membership and took back the award they had just given him. Various contracts he had at the time and future contracts were instantly dropped and Noel Clarke has been out of work since 2021.
Now, two years after The Guardian published its articles, Noel Clarke is suing the publication for millions of pounds.
Noel Clarke sues The Guardian
In the early morning on 19 July 2023, BBC News published an article announcing that Noel Clarke was suing The Guardian for £10 million.
Clarke is suing the publication on the grounds of ‘damages’ to his career. Indeed, the consequences of the articles published by The Guardian were instantaneous and he still hasn’t recovered. Moreover, Clarke has been denying the allegations since they were first made.
On top of that the BBC reveals that the court documents they have accessed show that they are filed ‘as part of a defamation claim.’ The documents ‘lodged’ also cover ‘general damages which cover harm to reputation’ and of course ‘financial damages.’
This legal attack against The Guardian also follows the fact that MET Police announced that ‘there was not enough evidence against him to warrant a criminal investigation’ in March 2022. The legal procedure will have to determine whether or notThe Guardian’s articles are ‘defamatory’ and if they are ‘statements of facts or opinion.’
Noel Clarke’s net worth
In their article, the BBC reports in detail, the financial loss Noel Clarke claims to have suffered.
Without going into full details, his claims include the consequences of the cancellations of ITV show Bulletproof and of the greenlit BBC project Crongton. He claims the loss of these projects cost him over £1million.
The documents found by the BBC include more financial losses that amount to approximately £10,140,000.60
While he claims that the impact of what he calls ‘relentless, targeted, vicious and persistent nature of the wholly unjustified defamatory campaign,’ Noel Clarke reportedly still has a lot of money.
Indeed, his net worth is estimated at around £3million which he earned while he worked as an actor, writer and director.
BBCNews: Noel Clarke seeks £10m damages over 'false' Guardian articles
The Guardian: ‘Sexual predator’: actor Noel Clarke accused of groping, harassment and bullying by 20 women