Actor Noel Clarke has denied being a predator and said he nearly killed himself after being accused of harassment and bullying by as many as 20 women.
The 46-year-old Doctor Who and Bulletproof star says he plans to end his life with a folding hunting knife he bought in Arizona 20 years ago as a souvenir.
He said: “I needed to do something I couldn’t survive. I reached for a book and the knife fell out of my pocket. My one-year-old said, ‘Dad, why did you take that?’
“I said, ‘It’s just to pick out the dirt from my nails…’ and he said, ‘Oh, well,’ that somehow got me out of the way.
“So far, I’ve been waiting for the right moment to kill myself. I’m out of here. Done. I don’t care. My mind is devastated.”
against mail on sundayClark admits he can be “overtactile” at times – but says he has never groped or tried to kiss a woman who “don’t want to be kissed”.
He said: “I’m not a predator. I’ve been crossing roads since I was 15 to avoid following women.
“I’ve always been a normal person. Of course, I flirted. Have I ever made a playful comment? One hundred percent. But not enough to destroy my life.”
Clark, who is married to makeup artist Iris Da Silva, said he felt suicidal after putting on the makeup. The allegations came to light last year He was avoided by Bafta.
He said: “No arrests, no charges, no trials, no sentences, but I have been convicted.
“What kind of world do we live in if we no longer need judges and juries, if we only need social media and broadcasters?”
In May last year, the Metropolitan Police confirmed they had received complaints about Clark and were investigating – then confirmed more women had come forward two months later.
Anna Birley, co-founder of Reclaim These Streets, slammed the decision to drop an investigation into the allegations.
She said: “Reporting an experience of sexual assault or abuse is difficult, so for women who are so brave and outspoken, it must be very upsetting to hear that police don’t believe their testimony is sufficient.
“Time and time again, our criminal justice system has failed women. Women deserve to be heard and believed.”
The force said it had decided not to launch a formal investigation “following a full assessment by professional detectives”.
A Met spokesman said: “We have updated the complainant. If any further allegations are reported in relation to those who have been assessed, they will be thoroughly considered.”
One plaintiff claimed Clark said he planned to “f*** her and fire her,” adding that he secretly filmed a nude audition.
Bafta knew these claims before awarding him the Outstanding Contribution to British Film Award, and The gong was later withdrawn.
Sky stopped filming of his crime drama Bulletproof, while ITV cancelled the final episode of The View.
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