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Started by Custard, April 29, 2021, 09:48:55 PM
QuoteClarke, 46, a married father-of-four, is accused of being a sexual predator and a bully. Allegations – made by more than 20 women and spanning a 15-year period – include claims of unwanted touching or groping, sexually inappropriate behaviour and comments on set, the covert filming of a naked audition and the sharing of explicit pictures without consent.Clarke, who grew up in a tough and impoverished part of West London, vehemently denies the claims. He has not, he says, been granted the presumption of innocence, let alone a fair hearing.'Twenty years of work was gone in 24 hours,' he says, speaking for the first time about the allegations that destroyed his career. 'I lost everything. The company I built from the ground up, my TV shows, my movies, my book deals, the industry respect I had. In my heart and my head it has damaged me in a way I cannot articulate.'In the past year, Clarke and his wife Iris, who have been together for two decades, have had a new baby they haven't dared tell anyone about. Financially the family has been left 'running on fumes'. Most seriously, at his lowest, Clarke was suicidal. He pocketed a folding hunting knife bought as a souvenir while filming Auf Wiedersehen, Pet in Arizona 20 years ago and planned to cut his own throat.'I needed to do something unsurvivable,' he says today. 'I was reaching for a book and the knife fell out of my pocket. My one-year-old said, "Daddy, why have you got that?" 'I said, ''It's just to pick the dirt out of my nails..." And he said, 'Oh, OK," and somehow the ordinariness of that snapped me out of it. Up to that point, I had been waiting for the right moment to kill myself. I was out of here. Done. I didn't care about anything. My mind was destroyed.'
QuoteHe has been so traumatised he hasn't been able to watch TV for a year because he only sees people who have turned their backs on him. He agreed to speak to The Mail on Sunday because there has been no day in court, no forum in which to publicly defend himself. He wants the film and TV industry to create a framework where 'women and vulnerable people are protected but which also protects people who may be thrown under the bus unjustly'.Clarke makes a plea for the context of incidents and conversations to be considered and for women to 'differentiate between an evil guy and someone who might have made a mis-step'.He also believes the entertainment industry needs to clean out its Augean stables in a calm and rational manner, saying: 'I am not trying to excuse evil men. But I think we are ALL here' – he means at this impasse – 'because of them. 'I'm not a predator. I have crossed the road to avoid walking behind women since I was 15 years old.' He acknowledges that not all of his past behaviour has been beyond reproach, particularly when events of almost two decades ago are judged by the standards of today.'I've been a regular dude, for sure, I flirt. Have I ever made a saucy comment? One hundred per cent. But not to the extent that it warranted the destruction of my life. 'I can't say I never talked about sex at work. We're adults in a workplace and people make jokes and have conversations with each other that cross the line. Sometimes you're with each other for six, seven months, away from home. I think sometimes these are just normal, or slightly inappropriate, conversations that people have. I was never involved in any conversation that I didn't believe was mutual, wasn't being reciprocated.'Maybe I should have known better. But you know what, I didn't always know better.'
Quote from: Dex Sawash on May 29, 2022, 02:20:58 AMCredible report of conversation with a 1 year old
QuoteI have crossed the road to avoid walking behind women since I was 15 years old.'
Quote from: Ferris on May 29, 2022, 02:31:45 AMYeah that stuck out to me as absolute cobblers.
Quote from: Sonny_Jim link=msg=4931991EDIT What kind of fucking maniac thinks like this???
Quote from: Sonny_Jim on May 29, 2022, 02:46:09 AMYeah I'm sure it was all just a series of mis-steps, FFS. What fucking context can you bring that changes unwanted contact and secretly filming people to 'actually it was fine to do what I did, actually'.What a grade A fucking prick, he's not a sex pest, women just 'misunderstood his actions'. Put him back in the cancelling machine for another 5 years. EDIT What kind of fucking maniac thinks like this???
Quote from: Sonny_Jim on May 29, 2022, 11:34:35 AMMaybe I'm not tall enough, but it's never crossed my mind. Sounds mental.EDIT: To clarify, it doesn't matter if the person in front of me is male/female/whatever, I'm awkward enough it doesn't matter.
Quote from: thelittlemango on May 29, 2022, 11:43:54 AMI also do that, lots of friends have said it triggers them and makes them uneasy if walking down a street and they can see/hear a man walking behind them for a while or moving closer. Expecially if you're a quick walker, I cross the road so I can overtake without it feeling threatening to the other person, or if walking at the same pace so it doesn't seem like I'm following them so they don't feel uncomfortable.Admittedly part of this is for selfish reasons as the overthinking about it makes me quite anxious.
Quote from: Ferris on May 29, 2022, 01:18:18 PMRaccoon friend:
Quote from: touchingcloth on May 29, 2022, 01:25:06 PMGood picture - it really shows just how pissed up he is. Wreckedoon.
Quote from: GoblinAhFuckScary on May 29, 2022, 01:28:00 PMcan confirm that men walking behind you at night is frightening regardless of their intention or character. can't read minds
Quote from: Malcy on May 29, 2022, 05:44:22 PMGot a proper slowed down drive by stare by whoever picked her up and i just nodded as if to say "no need to panic".
Quote from: Blue Jam on May 29, 2022, 06:20:50 PMI once had a woman trying to sell me stolen DVDs and following me for a bit until I shouted words at her to the effect of "Get away from me". As I did a tall bloke happened to be passing and thought I was shouting at him and held his hands up in an "I mean no harm" gesture and went "Sorry!" and scarpered off.The first case of internalised misandry I have experienced. I felt a bit bad about that tbh. Poor guy.
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