Viewpoint bosses suspend distribution amid Noel Clarke allegations

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International distribution for Viewpoint pulled in wake of allegations against Noel Clarke (Picture: Getty)

The international distribution of Viewpoint has been suspended, in light of allegations against star Noel Clarke.

The 45-year-old, who plays DC Martin Young in the ITV drama, has been accused of misconduct – including sexual harassment and bullying – by 20 women.

He has vehemently denied the allegations against him.

Following the accusations, ITV bosses announced that they were pulling the finale of the drama, which was set to air tonight – and Banijay Rights has now confirmed that international distribution for the series is on pause.

‘Banijay Rights had a number of pre-sales in place but in light of these serious allegations has taken the decision to pause international distribution,’ a spokesperson for the company told Broadcast.

ITV bosses said the finale of the drama – which also stars Catherine Tyldesley and Bronagh Waugh – will not be broadcast on the main channel, but will be available for a limited time on ITV Hub this evening.

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ITV bosses announced they have pulled the airing of Clarke’s drama, Viewpoint, tonight (Picture: ITV)

‘ITV has a zero tolerance policy to bullying, harassment and victimisation and robust procedures in place to investigate and deal with any complaints,’ they confirmed in a statement.

‘We strongly believe that everyone deserves to work in a supportive and safe environment.

‘In light of the very serious nature of the allegations against Noel Clarke raised by 20 women in the Guardian’s report, ITV has decided it is no longer appropriate to broadcast the final episode of the drama Viewpoint on ITV main channel this evening.

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20 women came forward with allegations against Clarke (Picture: Getty)

‘We are mindful that some of our viewers have already invested four hours of their time over the past four nights in following this thriller which was due to conclude this evening, and they have yet to see the final episode. 

‘As such we plan to make it available on ITV Hub tonight for a limited time for any viewers who wish to seek it out, and watch its conclusion.’

Clarke has been accused of sexual harassment and bullying by 20 woman in a report by the Guardian – something he has denied.

He told the publication: ‘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.’

The publication states Clarke categorically denied all of the allegations bar one through his lawyers, accepting he once made inappropriate comments about one woman, for which he later apologised.

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