Bill Roache arrested over child abuse claims in this life
BILL Roache MBE has been accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in 1967. Roache, 81, is best known for playing Ken Barlow in Coronation Street. Police arrested him at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, as part of Scotland Yard’s Operation Yewtree, the investigation into historic sex crimes.
As yet, only showbiz names and connections with that world have been arrested as part of the trawl triggered by the revelations about Sir Jimmy Savile. No politicians, journalists, peers, medics, lawyers, sportsmen or military men have been arrested. Which seems odd, no?
“Paedophilia is absolutely horrendous. Paedophiles should be sought out, rooted out and dealt with.
“But there’s a fringe of people who, particularly pop singers, they have these groupies. These girls who come, they’re sexually active, sexually mature. They don’t ask for their birth certificate, they don’t know what age they may be.
“But they’re certainly not grooming them and exploiting them, but they can be caught in this trap.
“Whether they’re proven guilty or not, we should not be judgmental about anybody, ever. We should always be totally forgiving about everything.”
‘There’s been a pendulum swing after the Jimmy Savile situation. All I am saying is that if you’re accused you are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty but if you’re a celebrity you’re pilloried. There should be anonymity for both the accuser and the accusee until such time as there is evidence and then it should come out.”
Roache: “If you accept that you are pure love, and if you know that you are pure love and therefore live that pure love, these things won’t happen to you.”
Interviewer Garth Bray: “To some people that sounds perhaps like you’re saying victims bring things on themselves – is that what you’re saying?”
Roache: “No, not quite, but and yet I am, because everything that happens to us has been a result of what we have been in previous lives or whatever.”
It wasn’t me. It wasn’t me in a previous life, either…