Report: Hall accused of move to avoid victims payout

Disgraced broadcaster Stuart Hall. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Disgraced TV star Stuart Hall has been accused of avoiding a payout to his child abuse victims by signing over his £1.2 million house to wife, it has been reported in the Daily Telegraph.

Hall made the transfer in February, just weeks before he admitted indecently assaulting 13 girls in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

A solicitor representing some of Hall's victims labelled the move "cynical".

The former BBC It's A Knockout Star told the Daily Telegraph that he gave his wife, Hazel, full ownership of their home in Cheshire because he has a heart defect.

"I have got an extreme heart condition and at any moment I'm liable to pop off," he said.

Asked whether he would give his victims compensation, he said: "That's lawyer talk."

Victims of the shamed veteran broadcaster have instructed Alan Collins, a partner at law firm Pannone and a specialist in sexual abuse cases, to pursue civil action in relation to injuries and harm suffered.