Stuart Hall victim says: We trusted him

Stuart Hall victim says: We trusted him

A victim of “predator” Stuart Hall has spoken of how the TV star tricked her into trusting him before he sexually abused her.

Veteran broadcaster Hall faces jail after admitting indecently assaulting 13 girls, the youngest aged just nine, during the 1960, 70s, and 80s.

The BBC star, who shot to fame presenting 'It’s A Knockout', was described as an ”opportunistic predator” by Nazir Afzal, chief crown prosecutor for the North West, after he appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday.

Victims Susan Harrison and Kim Wright waived their right to anonymity to reveal how Hall attacked them when they were teenagers.

Mrs Wright was the first victim to make a formal complaint to police in November, prompted by the Jimmy Savile scandal.

She told the Daily Mail: “I was convinced I couldn’t have been the only one and I felt it was my duty to report it, in case there was someone out there who daren’t, someone who’d suffered more than me.”

Mrs Wright, 45, was assaulted by Hall while handing out leaflets outside a ’Home and Beauty’ exhibition in Blackpool when she was 17.

She said: “He slid his arm around me and then, without a word, squeezed my breast. He didn’t just do it and let go, he kept his hand there. I immediately told him to get off and pulled away.”

At the time Mrs Wright didn’t complain because she feared she would be branded a “troublemaker” and that people would think the assault was trivial.

But her complaint last year prompted more victims to come forward and helped secure Hall’s conviction.

One of those victim’s was Mrs Harrison, who was sexually assaulted by Hall in his car as he drove her home after he had arranged for her to sing at a BBC recording studio.

Hall had arranged the recording after meeting the 15-year-old at her school, Longdendale High School in Hollingworth, Cheshire, while presenting prizes.

But the music teacher, now 61, said she realised afterwards that it was a set-up and that she had been groomed by the presenter, who had written to her a number of times.

She told the Daily Mail how her excitement turned to terror in his car as he drove her home.

“All of a sudden he brought his left hand over my right leg and then moved his hand up my skirt and started touching me,” said Mrs Harrison.

She added: “We trusted him to look after me, to bring me home and it had never occurred to me that this would happen.”

Recorder of Preston Judge Anthony Russell QC yesterday granted Hall bail on condition of residence at his home address and no unsupervised contact with children.

As he ordered pre-sentence reports from the Probation Service, the judge told Hall: ”You must understand I have not made up my mind and that all sentencing options including immediate custody are open.

“I genuinely have not made up my mind.”

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