Gareth David-Lloyd has spoken out following co-star John Barrowman admitting to exposing himself on the set of Doctor Who and spin-off Torchwood.
Last week, Dancing on Ice judge John apologised after he was accused of exposing himself to the cast and crew while working on the hit BBC shows.
The 54-year-old has since referred to his actions as ‘tomfoolery’ and maintained that it was never intended to be sexual in nature after The Guardian reported that a number of people on the set claim to have seen the actor exposing himself while he appeared on the two series.
And now, John’s colleague Gareth has shared his perspective on John’s behaviour and acknowledged that “lines were sometimes blurred” during filming but is sure that John’s “behaviour on set was always meant to entertain.”
In a statement given to Metro.co.uk, the 40-year-old Mine All Mine star said: “In my experience on Torchwood John‘s behaviour on set was always meant to entertain, make people laugh and keep their spirits and energy high on what were sometimes very long working days.
“It may be that because we were so close as a cast that professional lines were sometimes blurred in the excitement – I was too inexperienced to know any different but we were always laughing.
“The John I knew on set would have never behaved in a way he thought was affecting someone negatively. From what I know of him that is not his nature.”
Gareth also listed off John’s good qualities as he called him “a whirlwind of positive energy” and praised the former Desperate Housewives star as “very generous, kind and a wonderfully supportive lead actor.”
A representative for John Barrowman has been approached by The Mirror for comment.
Last week, one of the women who spoke to The Guardian about John exposing himself on-set was quoted as saying: “He would get his genitals out on a regular basis.”
Witnesses that came forward also maintained that the Capt Jack Harkness character appeared to be pulling ‘inappropriate pranks’ rather than predatory, the publication reports.
Representatives for the actor – who fans are urging to be axed from Dancing on Ice – said that John ‘did not recall’ the alleged incidents.
In a statement, John 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 added: “Since my apology in November 2008, my understanding and behaviour have also changed.”
It is not the first time that John has addressed allegations that had exposed himself. In 2008, John was forced to apologise after he pulled his trousers down during a BBC Radio 1 interview.
The actor’s address of the recent allegations came after a video from a Doctor Who convention was unearthed that appeared to refer to his behaviour on set.
The clip, recorded in 2015, featured Noel Clarke talking on a panel at a sci-fi convention alongside co-stars Camille Coduri and Annette Badland.
Clarke said: “Barrowman is there, taking his d*** out every five minutes.”
Noel, who is facing allegations of sexual misconduct, then appeared to turn to his co-star and asked if she recalled what John did.
“Do you remember that time he put it on your shoulder in the makeup truck?” Noel asked Camille Coduri.
“Yes, I do,” the actress responded.
After allegations surfaced, Clarke issued a statement saying he is ‘deeply sorry’ and ‘seeking professional help’.
The actor and director, who is married to Portuguese wife Iris Da Silva, said he was going to educate himself to ‘change for the better.’
Clarke added that he “vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing.”
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