EastEnders actor James Alexandrou caught the Noel Clarke scandal and said the Viewpoint actor “scared too many of us for too long”.
James, who played young Martin Fowler in the soap, added that he was ashamed that he hadn’t spoken before.
The 36-year-old shared his thoughts after it was revealed Thursday night that Clarke was sexually molested, groped and bullied by 20 women between 2004 and 2019.
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He wrote on Twitter: “Noel Clarke had frightened us for too long.
“I’m really ashamed that I didn’t do more to stand up for friends of mine he hurt.
“Innocent until proven guilty, but that was long overdue.”
Clarke, also a celebrated producer, has firmly denied all allegations documented in an investigation published by The Guardian newspaper.
After vigorously denying any wrongdoing in a new statement today, Clarke apologized for any disturbance he may have inadvertently caused by his behavior.
The bulletproof and youthful star has vowed to seek professional help and educate herself.
ITV was scheduled to air the final episode of the crime drama Viewpoint starring Clarke last night.
But it scrapped the broadcast and moved the hour-long close to ITV Hub for a 48-hour period.
Viewers had threatened to boycott the show after reading the allegations against the lead actor.
James is among a growing number of actors who speak up after the Clarke allegations emerge.
Alexandra Roach, who appeared opposite him as Zoe in Viewpoint, said of the prosecutors: “I see you. I hear you. I believe you.”
Jamie Winstone, who worked with Clarke at Kidulthood, posted the Time’s Up logo on her Instagram along with a message.
It read, “If you’re late for the party but have been on the list for 15 years.”
Why did James Alexandrou leave EastEnders?
James left Walford in 2007 after playing the popular character in 1996.
He was just a child star when he joined the BBC show and left to spread his wings at the age of 21.
In 2014, James was invited to repeat his role but declined because the timing wasn’t right, and James Bye took on the role instead.
James, now 35, is a screenwriter and director of critically acclaimed short films.
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