Kidulthood star Adam Deacon slams ‘sociopathic’ Noel Clarke for ‘gas-lighting’ him to the point of a ‘complete mental breakdown’

Kidulthood star Adam Deacon slams ‘sociopathic’ Noel Clarke for ‘gas-lighting’ him to the point of a ‘complete mental breakdown’

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Noel Clarke's former Kidulthood co-star Adam Deacon has accused the actor of "gas-lighting" him so severely that it led to a "complete breakdown of his mental health".

Last week, Clarke, 45, saw his career crumble to the ground after more than 20 women came forward to allege sexual harassment and misconduct against him.

And now 38-year-old actor and rapper Adam has claimed that he has also been a victim of Noel's "horrific abuse of power" for 15 years.

In a Twitter statement on Tuesday, Adam began by saying that he "stood by all the women" who have bravely come forward to speak of their "harrowing experiences" with his former mentor.

He wrote: "I wholeheartedly believe every single word and I hope that anyone who is yet to come forward with information will be listened to."

"I myself have been a victim of Noel Clarke for 15 years. My career was continually sabotaged, and the gaslighting became so severe that it led to the complete breakdown of my mental health."

Adam claimed his prior attempts to speak out against the Bulletproof actor's "sociopathic behaviour" were "always dismissed".

"People dealing with mental health may at times explain things differently, but they should still be believed," he wrote.

Adam added that he wished people would have "taken more notice of his words" before Noel's actions "affected so many others".

Adam claimed: "While recent events have served as a small vindication for me I am beyond saddened by the pain that so many people have had to endure at the hands of Noel Clarke.

"I am now looking towards a fresh start and focusing all my time and energy on my acting career," Adam concluded.

Adam previously had a highly publicised legal battle with Noel after their pair fell out over the title of his 2011 film, Anuvahood.

Deacon was found guilty of sending Noel abusive messages online and was given a restraining order against him.

It was reported last Thursday that 20 women, who knew Noel in a professional capacity, had come forward to The Guardian and accused him of sexual harassment, unwanted touching or groping, sexually inappropriate behaviour and comments on set, professional misconduct, taking and sharing sexually explicit pictures and videos without consent, and bullying.

Since the initial allegations, a further seven women have spoken out against the star.

Noel issued a statement at the time, saying: "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."

He did, however, admit to once making inappropriate comments about a woman, for which he later apologised.

One day later, the Viewpoint actor said in a separate statement made to PA: "I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing.

"Recent reports however have made it clear to me that some of my actions have affected people in ways I did not intend or realise.

"To those individuals, I am deeply sorry. I will be seeking professional help to educate myself and change for the better."

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