ITV has scrapped the final episode of a crime thriller following allegations of sexual harassment against its star Noel Clarke.
Millions of viewers have already invested in four episodes of the drama – with the final part scheduled to be shown tonight.
But, given the allegations against Clarke, an ITV spokesperson said:
“ITV has a zero-tolerance policy to bullying, harassment and victimisation and robust procedures are in place to investigate and deal with any complaints.
“We strongly believe that everyone deserves to work in a supportive and safe environment.
“In light of the very serious nature of the allegations against Noel Clarke raised by 20 women in the Guardian’s report, ITV has decided it is no longer appropriate to broadcast the final episode of the drama Viewpoint on ITV main channel this evening.
“We are mindful that some of our viewers have already invested four hours of their time over the past four nights in following this thriller which was due to conclude this evening, and they have yet to see the final episode.
“As such we plan to make it available on ITV Hub tonight for a limited time for any viewers who wish to seek it out and watch its conclusion.”
Clarke has “vehemently denied” all the claims made against him.
In a statement the actor said:
“I will defend myself against these false allegations.
“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.”