John Barrowman apologises for inappropriate behaviour on Doctor Who set

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Doctor Who actor John Barrowman has admitted to “tomfoolery” on the set of the BBC series, after claims he would regularly expose his penis to other cast members.

A 2015 video from a Doctor Who convention recently resurfaced, in which co-star Noel Clarke alleged Barrowman would expose himself on the show’s set.

Clarke claimed Barrowman would take “his dick out every five minutes”. Clarke asks co-star Camille Coduri if she remembered “that time he put it on your shoulder in the makeup truck?” She responds, “Yes, I do.”

The video emerged after twenty women accused Noel Clarke of sexual misconduct, claims Clarke denies.

Responding to The Guardian, Barrowman admitted he did engage in “tomfoolery” while working on Doctor Who and spinoff Torchwood. He said he has evolved in the years since.

The actor said his “high-spirited behaviour” was “only ever intended in good humour to entertain colleagues on set and backstage”.

“With the benefit of hindsight, I understand that upset may have been caused by my exuberant behaviour and I have apologised for this previously,” he said.

In 2008, Barrowman apologised after pulling down his pants during an interview on BBC Radio.

He said he’d joined in “the light-hearted and fun banter of the show” but “went too far”.

“Since my apology in November 2008, my understanding and behaviour have also changed,” he said.

John Barrowman ‘reprimanded’ after 2008 complaint

Doctor Who producer Julie Gardner told The Guardian that she had received a complaint about Barrowman’s on-set behaviour “around 2008”.

“I met with John and reprimanded him, [making] it clear to both John and his agent that behaviour of this kind would not be tolerated,” Gardner said.

She added she also spoke to the show’s other executive producers and a BBC boss.

“To my knowledge, John’s inappropriate behaviour stopped thereafter,” she said.

The Guardian previously published the twenty women’s allegations of predatory sexual misconduct by Noel Clarke.

They accused him of sexual harassment, unwanted touching, groping, sexually inappropriate behaviour, bullying, and unprofessional misconduct from 2004 to 2019.

Clarke “vehemently” denied “any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing”.

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