Stuart Hall pleads not guilty to historic sexual offence charges
The former BBC presenter will go on trial in May over the allegations
Friday 28 February 2014
Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall has pleaded not guilty to raping two young girls.
84-year-old Hall is accused of committing a string of historic sexual offences against his alleged victims.
He will face trial at Preston Crown Court on 6 May over the allegations.
Hall, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, is alleged to have committed seven counts of rape against one complainant between 1976 and 1978 in Manchester.
Five of the rapes are said to have taken place when the girl was aged under 16.
Hall is also accused of two counts of indecent assault against the same complainant within the same period.
He is also charged with eight counts of rape against a second alleged victim between 1976 and 1981, at various locations in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.
One of those alleged incidents is said to have taken place when the complainant was aged under 13.
Hall is also accused of three counts of indecent assault against the same alleged victim.
Answering to his full name of James Stuart Hall, the defendant entered not guilty pleas to each of the 20 counts.
The former It's A Knockout presenter was a familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for half a century, and his eccentric and erudite football match summaries made him a cult figure on BBC Radio 5 Live.
The trial is estimated to last seven days.
Is this bridge haunted by the ghost of nu rave?
Saudi Arabia says it won't rule out building nuclear weapons
Germanwings plane crash: Andreas Lubitz 'had eyesight problems' and woke from nightmares 'screaming we’re going down'
Jeremy Clarkson 'could be given minder' ahead of a potential Top Gear return
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 1 Is this bridge haunted by the ghost of nu rave?
- 2 Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
- 3 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 4 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
- 5 Noel Gallagher: I lost sh*tloads of money, a few million, didn’t tell my wife