Noel Clarke’s Kidulthood co-star Jaime Winstone has told him “time’s up” after he was accused of sexual harassment or bullying by 20 women.
The actor, 45, was suspended by Bafta and had his recent Contribution to Cinema stripped from following the accusations.
Now 35-year-old Jaime has had her say after working with the star on the movie Kidulthood in 2006, when she was just 20.
Posting to her Instagram page, the actress best known for her roles in Kidulthood, Love, Rosie and Tomb Raider, shared the official Time’s Up logo.
The phrase refers to the 2018 movement in response to #MeToo, an initiative put together by around 300 women working in Hollywood to “counter systemic sexual harassment in the entertainment business”.
In her caption of the image, Jaime include a closed fist, crying emoji and an emoji being sick alongside: “When you’re late to the party but you’ve been on the list for 15 years ”
British actress and writer Michaela Coel has also spoken out in support of the 20 accusers, issuing a moving statement on Twitter alongside a Guardian article released on Thursday.
Michaela, 33, created and starred in critically-acclaimed and Bafta-nominated BBC drama I May Destroy You, which focused on the aftermath of sexual assault.
She wrote: “I am here to offer great support for the 20 brave women who have come forward; those who have shared their identities with us, but also those who have preferred to use an alias; the mental hurdles a black woman must overcome to do such a thing as reveal their identity within a narrative of rape abuse or bullying at the hands of someone within our community can sometimes be too much.
“Speaking out about these incidents takes a lot of strength because some call them ‘grey areas’. They are however far from grey. These behaviours are unprofessional, violent, and can destroy a person’s perception of themselves, their place in the world and their career irreparably.
“I have shared to show solidarity, to express my belief in them, and to stand with them in their indignation.”
Clarke has vehemently denied all allegations made against him.
The Guardian has reported that the allegations against the Clarke relate to a period between 2004 and 2019.
Responding to the publication, 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.
“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.”
Clarke has, through his lawyers, categorically denied all but one allegation that the publication put to him.
He has allegedly accepted that he once made inappropriate comments about one woman, and that he later apologised.