Adam Deacon has alleged he was a ‘victim’ of Noel Clarke’s, accusing the actor of sabotaging his career.
Last week, an investigation from The Guardian published allegations from 20 women, accusing Clarke of harassment, sexual misconduct and bullying – allegations the actor has vehemently denied.
Deacon starred in Clarke’s critically acclaimed films Kidulthood and Adulthood as Jay, a role which helped set him on the road to stardom.
However, in 2015, he was convicted of harassing his former mentor Clarke, who he had accused of sabotaging his career.
Following the allegations against Clarke, Deacon has issued a statement detailing his own experiences.
The 38-year-old wrote: ‘I would like to start by saying that I stand by all the women who have spoken out and told of their harrowing experiences with Noel Clarke. I wholeheartedly believe every single word and I hope that anyone who is yet to come forward with information will be listened to.
‘I myself have been a victim of Noel Clarke for 15 years. My career was continually sabotaged and the gaslighting became so severe that it led to the complete breakdown of my mental health.
‘As you will know I have spoken out regarding this man’s sociopathic behaviour on multiple occasions but my claims were always dismissed. People dealing with metal health may at times explain things differently but they should still be believed. I only wish that everyone had taken more notice of my words.’
He continued: ‘I am extremely thankful for all the support that I have been shown over the last few days. While recent events have served as a small vindication for me I am beyond saddened by the pain that so many people have had to endure at the hands of Noel Clarke.
‘I am now looking towards a fresh start and focusing all my time and energy on my acting career.’
Issues between Deacon and Clarke rose in 2011 when Deacon directed the comedy Anuvahood, which led to him winning the Bafta rising star award, beating actors including Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston.
Clarke claimed that the title infringed on the copyright of his Hood trilogy of films, and in 2014, the actor alleged that Deacon had been sending him abuse on Twitter, saying during the court case that led to Adam’s eventual arrest: ‘He released a barrage of abuse, claiming I’d been bullying him for as long as he could remember and claiming I had stopped him getting an agent in the business.’
He also claimed that the messages threatened his family, as Deacon allegedly posted photos of Clarke’s children next to a gun emoji.
Deacon was charged with harassment without violence in July 2015, with a two-year restraining order preventing him from contacting Clarke and a fine of £500.
Earlier in the year, Deacon had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and his lawyers said he had a history of mental illness and that his actions were caused by paranoia and psychosis induced by the use of skunk cannabis.
Deacon revealed in a 2017 interview with The Guardian that he believed Clarke was trying to obstruct his career after the fallout from Anuvahood.
He claimed: ‘When I got better I thought, why did I do this, what the hell was all this about? I didn’t want to hurt anybody.’
He also claimed that Clarke had offered him a role in Brotherhood, which he thought might be a chance to mend their friendship, but Clarke said that he wasn’t interested in being friends again and would not meet due to the restraining order still being in place at the time.
Deacon told the Guardian: ‘[Noel] said, “You should do the film for the fans. It’s not about me and you. Obviously I don’t like you but do it for the fans.” I was like, wow what the hell is this?’
Clarke, 45, has denied the allegations from the women in the Guardian article, saying: ‘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.’
In a later statement, the Doctor Who star denied any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing, but said he was ‘deeply sorry’ to people who were affected ‘in ways I did not intend or realise’ by his actions, and said he would be seeking professional help to educate himself.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed that they had received a third party report relating to claims of sexual offences committed by a male; there is no investigation underway.
A rep for Clarke declined to comment.