BBC launch investigation after four women make fresh sexual harassment allegations against Noel Clarke on set of Doctor Who

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The BBC are launching an investigation after several people have come forward to allege they were "sexually harassed or inappropriately touched" by Noel Clarke on the set of Doctor Who.

Noel, 45, was accused of sexual harassment, groping and bullying — all of which he vehemently denies — by 20 women who spoke to The Guardian last week.

New accusers have alleged to The Guardian that they were the victim of sexual harassment at the hands of the star, who played Mickey Smith on the sci-fi show for five years, both on set and at a promotional event.

The BBC has said it will investigate any new allegations and urged witnesses to contact them about incidents on the set of Doctor Who.

They insist they stand "against all forms of inappropriate behaviour and [are] shocked to hear of these allegations."

One of the allegations comes from Joanne Hayes, who was a costume assistant on the first series of the revived Doctor Who.

Joanne, who had long hair that fell to her mid-back at the time, alleges she was sexually harassed by Noel in his trailer in August 2004 after she helped with his costume, claiming he told her he "liked girls with long hair, as it gave him something to hold on to when doing them from behind."

She alleges he then sucked his teeth, exhaled heavily, and laughed before she left the trailer due to feeling uncomfortable.

Noel's lawyers say he strongly denies the allegation and said the incident described did not take place.

A second female, whose real name has been redacted, says Noel "touched her inappropriately" during her time as a runner and driver on Doctor Who.

She alleges he would touch her hand when it was on the gear stick, and grabbed her leg when she was driving.

The unnamed staff member told The Guardian: "Constantly the conversation was about sex," adding that he "repeatedly asked her to go to his hotel room for sex, asked her sexually inappropriate questions and made sexually explicit and graphic remarks to her."

After complaining to an assistant and explaining she didn't want to be on her own with the star, she was put on different duties.

She alleges Noel turned "nasty" after learning she would no longer be his driver, and told her: "You think you're better than people," becoming "obstructive and difficult."

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A fellow crew member who is said to have witnessed Noel's alleged behaviour described it as "bullying".

Again, Noel has strongly denied the allegations, with his lawyers saying: "Any suggestion that he would be allowed to behave that way because of his perceived power was 'entirely implausible' because he was near the start of his career."

A third woman, a former runner on the show, alleges Noel sexually harassed her and another female co-worker in a bar at the Cardiff's Holland House Hotel.

After they rejected his advances, she alleges he became "rude" and "aggressive" before "spreading false rumours about both women on set" the next day.

Strongly denying this allegation, his lawyers said: "There would have been no real need or purpose for him to be in the hotel bar because he does not drink."

A fourth allegation came from a Doctor Who actor, who asked to remain anonymous, who told The Guardian: "He made advances on me, regularly asking me if I wanted a 'piece of his dark chocolate'.

She added that when she rejected his advances, Noel badmouthed her to people in the industry.

Once again denying the allegation, his lawyer said this and other accusations, which they said were vague, unsupported by any objective evidence, lacking in specificity or coming from anonymised sources, made it difficult for him to provide a response.

They said he has never sought to coerce, encourage or pressurise any individual into non-consensual sexual activities and strongly rejects any suggestion he has been sexually inappropriate.

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