Hall rape claim "not a dream", victim tells jury

Former broadcaster Stuart Hall is on trial at Preston Crown Court. Photo: PA

A woman allegedly raped by paedophile broadcaster Stuart Hall when she was 12 has told a jury she did not dream it up.

She said she had a recurrent "nightmare" which would awaken her but it was a memory of what happened to her.

Hall, who was in his 40s at the time, was said to have forced his tongue in her mouth and repeatedly told her "You're special" as he raped her.

He has already pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting her when she was 13.

The former It's A Knockout presenter claims that, despite that assault, he went on to have a consensual sexual relationship with her in the years that followed.

The alleged victim, Girl B, told Preston Crown Court that she chose to keep that assault and the earlier alleged rape a secret as she visited two BBC studios in Manchester where Hall is said to have raped her again up to the age of 15.

She compared her experiences to that of Jodie Foster, who played a gang rape victim in the film The Accused, the court heard.

Girl B had told a therapist: "I remember watching The Accused... I threw up with the violence. Her pleading for it to stop. That has stayed with me."

The court has heard she was working at a stables at the age of 12 when the TV celebrity - a family friend - turned up unannounced on a motorbike.

He took her to a corner of the stables, pushed her up against the wall and then raped her, she said.

Crispin Aylett QC, defending Hall, asked her: "Might you have seen the defendant arrive on a motorcycle and what you are telling us about it now is something that has come to you in a dream?"

She replied: "You are completely incorrect. It is a memory that I dream about and a very, very vivid memory."

Mr Aylett said: "This incident didn't happen at all."

She said: "It absolutely categorically happened."

Explaining the dreams, she said: "It's a recurring dream I have had all my life. In fact, I would change that word to nightmare.

"It's a memory that haunts me. It wakes me up and it has done many times."

Mr Aylett said: "There are times when you dream things that have never happened."

She replied: "I think, if this had happened to you, you know it would have happened."

Hall, 84, has pleaded not guilty to 20 allegations of rape and indecent assault between 1976 and 1981 against two young girls.

He was jailed last year after he pleaded guilty to 14 offences of indecent assault against 13 different girls, aged nine to 17, at the same court and was jailed for 15 months, subsequently increased to 30 months at the Court of Appeal.

One of Hall's 13 victims whom he admitted indecently assaulting last year was next to give evidence. She had been a friend of Girl B in their childhood.

It is said she was abused on the same occasion at a dinner party when Hall indecently assaulted Girl B when she was aged 13.

The woman, now in her late 40s, was "stunned" and "helpless" when Hall targeted her in a bath. As he abused her, he would say "You're beautiful and gorgeous" over and over again, the court heard.

She said she confided in Girl B the next morning.

She told the court: "I told her what had happened to me and she told me he had gone into her room and did things to her."

She said she spoke to Girl B's mother about it but she was concerned that her husband would kill Hall if he found out, the jury heard.

She said that after the indecent assault Hall sent a "sort of funny poem" to her and a little paperweight with a prickly fish in it.

She said: "He wanted us to remember what had happened and he sent us a note."

The trial continues on Monday.