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Adam Deacon found guilty of harassing director Noel Clarke

2015-07-20 21:52:31

Adam DeaconAdam Deacon arrives at court

Adam Deacon has been found guilty of harassing director and former mentor Noel Clarke.

The 32-year-old actor, who is on conditional bail, stood trial at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court today for harassing his former co-star - four months after he was sectioned under the mental health act .

The Bafta-winning actor, of Bethnal Green, east London, denied one charge of harassment without violence for posting hundreds of messages on social media about the Star Trek into Darkness star between 5 March and 19 December last year.

Deacon, 32, subjected Mr Clarke to a 'barrage of abuse' and incited people to hurt him, prompting a fan to post an image of his children on Facebook 81 times in one day.

Londoner Deacon, famous for his rapid-fire patois, won his first break playing troubled teenager Jay in Kidulthood, a film written by Mr Clarke.

Adam Deacon

He last appeared on TV screens as Robbie, an unstable Met Police firearms officer in Danny Boyle's satirical police drama, Babylon, featuring James Nesbitt.

The pair acted alongside each other in the film, which told the story of youths growing up on London's most deprived estates.

Deacon and Mr Clarke fell out over Deacon's 2011 directing debut Anuvahood, which netted him a BAFTA Rising Star award which Clarke claims infringed on the copyrights of his films.

Mr Clarke said he had initially helped Deacon with his film, but his protégé then signed a contract cutting him and his team out of the project.

"I supported him with that [contract] as long as he didn't call that film Anuvahood which is what he did," he said.

"Since that point we haven't spoken every now and again I would receive a barrage of abuse but essentially nothing massive happened until 2014 when I started getting massive abuse every time I opened my [Twitter] account to see people calling me a bully.

Adam Deacon

"He released a barrage of abuse in a blog for on Instagram claiming I'd been bullying him for as long as he could remember and claiming I had stopped him getting an agent in the business.

"None of these things were true in any way, shape or form, but things just continued from there.

"Many of his fans believed the lies and were abusing me via Twitter."

Mr Clarke said pictures of his family had been posted online by fans, and that Deacon had encouraged his supporters to find his address.

Adam Deacon

"He was inciting people to hurt me and send videos to his Instagram he incited people to find my address and 'Do me something'."

Mr Clarke said one fan posted an image of his children 81 times in a single day on Facebook, and another used the same picture with an emoji of a gun captioned 'You have to love family'.

"There were messages to say Mr Deacon was coming to get me, and insinuating that he was going to kill me and encouraging and inciting fans to do the same I was very stressed," he said.

Mr Clarke claimed Deacon's manager and agent had tried to intervene to get him to stop the abuse, but he had eventually been forced to go to the police in November 2015.

"After that statement was made, Mr Deacon continued to abuse me constantly," he said.

Adam Deacon

One Tweet read: "I'm going to kill that p***k on my ones finding you today, real talk."

"It's a death threat really, isn't it?" he added in court.

Mr Clarke said his wife became very stressed as a result of the abuse, and that staff and his children's school had been forced to take extra security measures.

Deacon who appeared in the dock in a navy blue suit and pale blue shirt denied one count of harassment without violence.

He claimed Mr Clarke was out to sabotage his career and couldn't bear to see him 'stepping out of his shadow'.

Deacon repeatedly claimed Mr Clarke was out to sabotage his career, it is said.

Adam Deacon

Fans of both actors have continued to argue across social media sites, with a statement on Deacon's official Facebook page accusing Mr Clarke of 'psychopathic bullying' in October 2014.

On December 20, a post on the page was broadcast to his 37,000 followers, showing a photo of Mr Clarke accepting a BAFTA with the tags #bully and #Baftabully.

The same day, a mock 'Wanted' poster with Mr Clarke's face and the insults 'snake' and 'snitch' were added to the page.

On December 22, Deacon announced to his Twitter followers he had been arrested, writing, "Out on bail. At home with no phone, emails or way of communicating. Sh*t times"

Source: mirror.co.uk

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