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John Barrowman apologises for sexual misconduct

Actor John Barrowman has apologised for sexual misconduct on the set of Doctor Who in the 2000s.

In regular acts characterised by cast and crew as pranks rather than harassment or predatory behaviour, Barrowman frequently exposed his genitals to others.

Barrowman has admitted to “tomfoolery” during his tenure on the show as pansexual space pirate Captain Jack Harkness, including putting his penis on co-star Camille Coduri’s shoulder, Out has reported. 

In a statement, the openly gay actor said that he had learned and evolved since the incidents.

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

“Since my [first] apology in November 2008, my understanding and behaviour have also changed.”

He said that the acts were “only ever intended in good humour to entertain colleagues on set and backstage”.

A BBC spokesperson confirmed that Barrowman had been reprimanded at the time, after which his behaviour stopped.

“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,” they said.

One source said that the actor had regularly used his penis as a comedic prop, including slapping actors and crew with it, describing it as “kind of his thing”.

Earlier this year, Barrowman revealed that in the 1990s, his character on US series Central Park was killed off after he refused to conceal his sexual orientation.

“[The producers] asked me if I would not talk about being gay,” said Barrowman.

He said that he decided against staying in the closet and that being fired motivated him to work harder for the roles he wanted.

Barrowman is a veteran of theatre and screen, appearing in roles including the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood and The Producers (2015).

He and his husband Scott Gill have been married since 2013.

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