Bafta deputy chair defends decision to honour Noel Clarke

Pippa Harris says she stands by senior academy figures after ‘extremely difficult’ affair

Bafta’s deputy chair has defended the academy’s decision to honour Noel Clarke despite warnings that serious allegations of verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment were being made against him.

Dame Pippa Harris said she stood by Bafta’s chair, Krishnendu Majumdar, and chief executive, Amanda Berry, after the decision to hand Clarke the honour and then to suspend both his award and membership once allegations against the actor and director were made public by the Guardian shortly afterwards.

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