Stuart Hall 'repeatedly raped girls in BBC dressing room'

Broadcaster Stuart Hall raped two girls repeatedly and over a period of years in his private dressing room at the BBC in Manchester, his trial has heard. The 84-year-old denies raping and indecently assaulting the two girls.

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Stuart Hall rape denials slammed as 'psycho babble'

Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Stuart Hall's denials of rape and sexual abuse were dismissed as "ludicrous" and "psycho babble" in court today, after the broadcaster claimed the alleged victims had "dreamt" that they were abused.

One of two alleged victims in the trial said Hall raped her when she was aged 12 at a stables and went on to rape her at various locations, including at two BBC studios, when she was 14 and 15.

During his closing speech to the jury, prosecution lawyer Peter Wright QC poured scorn on the defence psychologist's claim that the incident at the stables was a "confabulation" and did not happen.

Mr Wright said the former BBC presenter had shown "not a word of apology, not a single expression of remorse" in his apology and had suggested the women "were jumping on a compensation bandwagon".

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Hall 'touched girl, 10, continually in swimming pool'

A woman who claims she was raped by former TV presenter Stuart Hall said his contact with her began on a visit to a swimming pool when she was just 10-years-old.

Broadcaster Stuart Hall. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive

Now 52-years-old and a mother of three children, the woman told the jury at Preston Crown Court that Hall continually touched her body in the pool and made her "feel very, very uncomfortable."

"I just wanted to get to the side of the bath so I could cling on and get out. He was just laughing, he thought it was funny," she told a court.

Describing Hall, who was a close family friend, as "a touchy-feely person", she told the court he often flattered her on her appearance.

She says Hall would often visit her family home after her father had left them. "[Hall was] always larger than life, touchy-feely, asking about boyfriends," she said.

Hall, 84, sat in the dock listening to the evidence through a set of headphones. He denies 20 charges of sexual assault against two girls in the 1970s.

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Hall 'assaulted girl on her bed after giving her alcohol'

Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall claims that the second of his alleged victims was over the age of 13.

But her recollection is that a song by Leo Sayer was popular at the time of his alleged assault on her - which she claims took place when Hall was made welcome as a guest at a family dinner party.

The prosecution told the jury that Sayer's hit 'You Make Me Feel Like Dancing' was in the charts around Christmas 1976 - when the girl was just 11-years-old.

On that occasion, the court heard, Hall assaulted her while she was lying on her bed - after allegedly plying her with alcohol.

The court later heard that his second alleged victim was also raped in his private dressing room at the BBC, when she was 14 or 15.

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Hall 'plied alleged victim with alcohol in dressing room'

Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall took his first alleged victim to the BBC Studios in Manchester on the pretext of showing her how to be a makeup artist, a court heard.

Former TV presenter Stuart Hall. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive

Once there, she was plied with alcohol in Hall's personal dressing room in the Oxford Road complex, and assaulted, the jury heard.

"We say he realised she was not consenting. It was obvious," Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, told the jury. "Yet he pressed on and had sex with her regardless."

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Hall 'abused trust of friends by assaulting their children'

The trial of broadcaster Stuart Hall has begun with prosecutors telling the jury that he betrayed the trust of close family friends by sexually assaulting their young daughters.

Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Hall, 84, listened through headphones with his eyes tightly closed as prosecutor Peter Wright QC told Preston Crown Court: "He was trusted by each of the families and in return he abused their trust by raping and indecently assaulting their children."

The jury heard that Hall does not dispute having sex with the two girls, but claims that they were "fifteen or sixteen" at the time and that the relationship was consensual.

The prosecution alleges that one of the girls was younger than 13, and one younger than 16, when the assaults took place. Hall would have been in his late 40s.

"He took advantage of the influence he had over them and their continued silence. But now after all these years their silence has been broken and they are prepared to reveal publicly what happened to them at the hands of this man all those years ago," Mr Wright said.

Hall denies fifteen counts of rape and four of indecent assault between 1976 and 1980.

Hall pleaded guilty to extra sex assault charge

Stuart Hall today pleaded guilty to one charge of indecent assault that was an additional count added by the prosecution shortly before the trial was scheduled to begin.

The veteran broadcaster will go on trial later today accused of 20 other counts of sexual assault.

Stuart Hall is facing trial for multiple rapes involving two alleged victims. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Prosecutor Peter Wright asked for the judge's permission to amend the original indictment and add the additional charge, to which Hall pleaded guilty. He has denied all the other charges.

Further preliminary legal matters are being dealt with before a jury is expected to be selected and the trial on the outstanding matters gets under way later today.

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Stuart Hall pleads guilty to one indecent assault charge

Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall has pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to one charge of indecent assault on a girl under 16 but will face trial for multiple rapes involving two alleged victims.

Stuart Hall is facing trial for multiple rapes involving two alleged victims. Credit: PA

Hall, 84, is charged with seven counts of rape against one complainant between 1976 and 1978 in Manchester. Five of the rapes are said to have taken place when she was aged under 16.

Hall is also accused of two counts of indecent assault against the woman within the same period.

In addition, he is charged with eight counts of rape and three indecent assaults against a second alleged victim between 1976 and 1981, at various locations in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

One of those alleged rapes is said to have taken place when the complainant was aged under 13.

The trial is estimated to last seven days.

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