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John Barrowman removed from Doctor Who live event following accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior

John Barrowman removed from Doctor Who live event following accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior

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Doctor Who has confirmed that John Barrowman will not feature in the sci-fi show’s upcoming Blitz-themed theatrical event, Time Fracture.

The actor – who was introduced as Captain Jack Harkness in the flagship series back in 2005 before landing his own spin-off Torchwood – had previously recorded a virtual cameo that was set to be broadcast during the Immersive Everywhere event.

David Bradley, who played the First Doctor, did the same.

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John Barrowman at The London Hotel on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Getty Images)

Following allegations of misconduct against Barrowman dating back to his time on both BBC outings, however, he will no longer be involved.

“Immersive Everywhere have taken the decision to remove this pre record from Doctor Who: Time Fracture,” the franchise explained in the Frequently Asked Questions section of the event’s official website.

“We will continue to include content that pays tribute to this brilliant show that is Torchwood so as not to disappoint its fans, and are working on an exciting storyline to be announced soon.”


Recently, Barrowman was embroiled in the allegations surrounding Clarke’s history of sexual harassment accusations when a clip of both actors at a fan convention in 2014—appearing alongside actresses Camille Couduri and Annette Badlandwent viral, which discussed Barrowman’s alleged frequent exposure of his genitals on the set of the show, framed as pranks.

In an article published by The Guardian, two female crew members claimed that Barrowman made them frequently “uncomfortable” behind the scenes and would expose himself “on a regular basis”.

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John Barrowman attends the National Television Awards held at the O2 Arena on January 22, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Barrowman’s lawyers stated he didn’t “recall” the incidents, though Barrowman apologised for his “high-spirited behavior” and said it was “only ever intended in good humour to entertain colleagues on set and backstage” in a statement.

“With the benefit of hindsight, I understand that upset may have been caused by my exuberant behavior and I have apologized for this previously,” Barrowman continued. “Since my apology in November 2008, my understanding and behavior have also changed.”

“I met with John and reprimanded him,” Julie Gardner, former Doctor Who and Torchwood executive producer said in a statement to the Guardian, “[and made] it clear to both John and his agent that behavior of this kind would not be tolerated… To my knowledge, John’s inappropriate behavior stopped thereafter.”

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