BAFTA defends decision to present Noel Clarke with outstanding contribution to cinema award

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BAFTA has defended its decision to present Noel Clarke with its outstanding British contribution to cinema award – and said calls for board resignations are inappropriate.

Deputy chair of BAFTA Dame Pippa Harris told Sky News she “absolutely” stands by chair Krishnendu Majumdar and chief executive Amanda Berry who, with guidance from the organisation’s board, went ahead with honouring Clarke after they had been made aware of allegations of verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment – arguing the information given to them was anonymous or second hand.

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