BBC will investigate new claims surrounding embattled British actor Noel Clarke alleged to have taken place on the set of Doctor Who.
Clarke played the vehicle technician character Mickey Smith on Doctor Who from 2005 to 2010.
“Several sources came forward to allege they were sexually harassed or inappropriately touched by the actor on a flagship show, Doctor Who,” The Guardian reported.
The latest set of accusations allege he was out of line with a costume assistant, who claims the actor made inappropriate comments to her in a trailer in 2004; a runner and driver, who claims Clarke touched her inappropriately and made sexually explicit and graphic remarks to her; and a runner, who also alleges Clarke sexually harassed her and another female co-worker following a work event.
A Doctor Who actor, who asked to remain anonymous, claims they were also sexually harassed by Clarke, who allegedly made unwanted advances. When rejected, the actor claims he badmouthed her to members of the industry.
“The BBC is against all forms of inappropriate behaviour and we’re shocked to hear of these allegations,” a BBC spokesperson said. “To be absolutely clear, we will investigate any specific allegations made by individuals to the BBC — and if anyone has been subjected to or witnessed inappropriate behaviour of any kind we would encourage them to raise it with us directly.
“We have a zero tolerance approach and robust processes are in place — which are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect best practice — to ensure any complaints or concerns are handled with the utmost seriousness and care,” the spokesperson added.
They follow earlier sexual harassment and bullying allegations by 20 women.
Clarke has, through his lawyers, denied those allegations, except for one allegation. He has admitted to once making inappropriate comments about one woman, and later apologising.