Doctor Who: John Barrowman discusses Daleks' return
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Actor John Barrowman has found himself at the centre of a media storm, following claims that he “exposed himself” while filming television shows. The BBC has vowed to investigate any claims and urges anybody who may have been subjected to such behaviour to come forward.
He’d just have his willy out, standing in the doorway
It comes just a week after former colleague Noel Clarke found himself facing allegations of bullying and groping by 20 women, who he had worked with in the past.
John, 54, starred as Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who with his character going on to land his own spin-off programme on the BBC due to his popularity.
The Scottish-American actor has been accused of “having his willy out” while calling showrunners on the set into his dressing room.
Using the fake name Monica, a showrunner claims: “Sometimes he’d call me into his dressing room, and I would knock on the door and he’d say, ‘Oh, look at this’, and he’d just have his willy out, standing in the doorway,” she later added that it was “kind of expected” of John.
A second showrunner said that John would “get his genitals out on a regular basis” with “his balls hanging out of his trousers”.
The anonymous whistleblower, who used the pseudonym Jenna, later claimed that Barrowman “slapped” his penis on the windscreen of a car, believing it to be amusing.
John admitted to “tomfoolery” while on set but says that it was “only ever intended in good humour to entertain colleagues on set and backstage”.
In a statement released to The Guardian, Mr Barrowman said: “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 went on to add: “Since my apology in November 2008, my understanding and behaviour have also changed.”
John claims that he was not aware of any allegations made against his former co-star, Noel Clarke.
The BBC is said to be investigating and urges anybody who may have been subjected to such behaviour to step forward.
In a statement, a BBC spokesperson said: “To be absolutely clear, we will investigate any specific allegations made by individuals to the BBC – and if anyone has been subjected to or witnessed inappropriate behaviour of any kind we would encourage them to raise it with us directly.
“We have a zero-tolerance approach and robust processes are in place – which are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect best practice – to ensure any complaints or concerns are handled with the utmost seriousness and care.”
Last week, a video resurfaced on social media which saw Noel claim that John often “took his d**k out” while on the Doctor Who set.
The footage, which is believed to have been filmed in 2015, sees the former use a microphone as a lewd prop, suggesting that it is Barrowman’s penis.
Mr Barrowman has previously been accused of exposing himself in 2008 during an interview with Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac for BBC Radio 1.
At the time, he was goaded into undoing his trousers by the broadcasters but later issued an apology after the corporation received one complaint.
He told The Guardian: “I apologise for any offence I have caused. I was joining in the light-hearted and fun banter of the show and went too far. I was wrong to do this and it will never happen again.
“I really appreciate the great support I have received from the BBC over the last few years and would never intentionally do anything to undermine the integrity of the corporation.”
Express.co.uk has approached the BBC and John Barrowman’s representatives for further comment.
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