TOM Cruise’s life will one day be turned into made-for-TV biopic. It will be the world’s first film produced from a worm-eye’s perspective. Cruise is not all that tall. He’s 5ft 7inches, it says here. No big deal. Well, not to you it isn’t. But to Cruise it seems to be one.
He is, of course, the most famous Scientologist out there. He’s high up in the group having attende a superior level of enlightenment. As the website tells us:
“…as one’s level of spiritual awareness increases through participation in Scientology auditing and training, one attains his own certainty of every dynamic. Accordingly, only when the Seventh Dynamic (spiritual) is reached in its entirety will one discover and come to a full understanding of the Eighth Dynamic (infinity) and one’s relationship to the Supreme Being.”
PSST! Wanne see photos of the 16-year-old Kate Moss holding teddy to her naked bosom? Photographer Kate Garner has a series of prints based on the image. The work is called Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil. But not think no evil, which should come as a relief to many… Says Garner:
“I considered the old maxim, the one where the monkeys avoid evil by blocking their senses, hear none, seeing none, speaking none. I realized that this meaning could also work in reverse. The conventional manner of dealing with what is perceived as evil or threatening to the status quo is to shut it out. Perhaps a more modern approach is to not recognize evil as evil but rather as a part of a great choreography of cause and effect….“
BAD Lip reading presents “The Walking (And Talking) Dead” — A Bad Lip Reading of The Walking Dead:
HOW do the newspapers report on Stuart Hall, the TV and radion presenter who sexually abused 13 children – the youngest was nine?
What the BBC new?
Linda McDougall, a producer at BBC Manchester in the late Sixties and Seventies, says Hall put his hands “all over you and all over anyone female who came in”. She claims Hall had his own room at the BBC where he entertained “lady friends”. She says “everyone knew” about his “amazing set up”. Women were “not coming in for cups of tea”.
Alan Collins, a solicitor who is representing Jimmy Savile child abuse victims, said:
“The BBC has questions to answer, I would be concerned that this turning a blind eye is part of a pattern. These people are given a veneer of respectability that gives them the ability to get away with things.”
Someone sent a letter to the paper’s Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. It claims to be from one of Stuart Hall’s victims.
I write to tell you that Stuart Hall is another television presenter who you can investigate. I speak from personal experience; he groomed and then sexually exploited me when I was a young teenager in the 1970s.
As he did it to me so I would imagine that he did it to others.
Stuart was a presenter on Look North, a local BBC news programme. He was invited by the head of my school to come and present the prizes one year, and presented to me, among others. He exchanged a few words with me on the stage, at a microphone. I took my prize and left the hall. A while later a message came from the head teacher; would I go back to the hall, as Stuart had asked to see me. He had told the head that he was impressed by me and wondered if I would have permission to visit the local BBC studios; he thought that a girl like me could have a future in television journalism. My head teacher was naïve enough to agree, after consulting with my mother. I, of course, was thrilled and flattered.
And that is how it starts. What drew him to me? Later he told me it was my voice and manner. (I was a shy, intelligent, studious, pretty girl, destined for university and a professional career.) I was young for my years and easy meat for a man like him. To have a man of my father’s age take a benevolent interest in me seemed wonderful.
Why haven’t I written about this before? For several reasons – the first of which is shame. A girl who is groomed and then sexually exploited does not consider herself raped. Stuart made me complicit in my own abuse. He seemed kind and interested in me, while sexually exploiting a girl more than 25 years younger than he. It’s a story as old as the hills; girls go back and then feel themselves to be as guilty as the man.
As old as the hills, indeed. So. Who’s abusing children now?
Why didn’t I report it years ago? I was afraid for my reputation, my family and career. Stuart was well known and popular, particularly in that sport bloke-ish milieu which is not thoughtful about sexual predation. He appeared protected by being well known and well connected. I saw what the gutter press was like, and didn’t want strangers going through my bins cross-questioning and photographing my family and friends, demonising me, traumatising my family…
Stuart told me laughingly that there were a number of middle-aged women locally who gave him filthy looks when they saw him as they knew the things he did, but they weren’t prepared (as my mother and I later weren’t) to go public with their knowledge.
That’s Stuart Hall OBE.
The Simple Facts
The simple facts in blunter terms
He’s the “Beeb’s Hall”. The Daily Star is owned by Channel 5 boss Richard Desmond. Is it all the BBC’s problem?
Later in his career, Hall also worked for ITV.
The Police & Press Fredom
The Times moves the story to fit its agenda:
Lancashire Constabulary said yesterday that publicity surrounding the initial arrest of the 83-year-old broadcaster led to the majority of his sexual assault victims coming forward. It prompted renewed criticism of plans by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) to ban forces from revealing the names of people who have been arrested…Lawyers told The Times that the naming of arrested suspects was essential not only for open justice, but because it could result in victims or witnesses coming forward.
Fresh concerns over policing secrecy were voiced after a force refused to name a retired officer who was charged with stealing £113,000 from its former headquarters. Warwickshire Police was forced to climb down after the Crown Prosecution Service revealed that the subject of the allegations was Paul Greaves, 54. The force had cited the Leveson inquiry as a reason for its lack of transparency.
Lawyers for Hall had also cited the Leveson report. After his arrest last December, a statement from his solicitor said: “Stuart Hall is innocent of these charges. It is a matter of concern that in the week following publication of the Leveson report there appears to have been systematic, measured leaks to the media which have given a misleading impression of what this case is about.”
But a spokeswoman for Lancashire Constabulary acknowledged that the publicity led to other victims of Hall coming forward and providing crucial corroboration.
Susan Harrison: “Susan Harrison said she was 16 when the It’s a Knockout presenter lured her to BBC premises on the false pretext of helping her record a song. He attacked her in his car while driving her home.”
Kim Wright “was 17 when Hall fondled her breasts at a show in Blackpool”.
Susan Melville met Stuart Hall after he was hired for her school prizegiving.
The TV personality who was trusted by her family lured her to BBC premises on a pretext and molested her while driving her home after plying her with alcohol. Susan, Hall’s first known victim, said she was riddled with guilt for not making an immediate complaint about the TV star as he went on to abuse numerous other young girls after her. She said that when she returned home in tears her father told her: ‘He is famous and we are nobody. Nobody is going to believe you.’..
Back in the car she felt ‘incredibly nervous’ but Hall tried to relax her by making light conversation about his daughter, Francesca, who was seven at the time.
‘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. ‘I was so shocked and terrified. I couldn’t do anything as I had frozen – it went on for a couple of minutes. ‘But then I quickly moved to the left of the car away from him, squashing my legs together and just sort of curling away from him. I developed a nervous cough and he kept saying, “Wouldn’t you like me to stop the car and rub your chest with something because it’s quite bad, that cough, isn’t it?” But realising the sort of things he was doing now I said “No” and just kept away from him. I was panicking that he wasn’t going to take me home.
But They’re All Old
Why are all the accused so old? Why do they all work in showbiz? Sure, Operation Yewtree is an investigation into historial sex abuse. The accused are bound to be a certain age. But why are there no lawyers, peers, politicians, sportsmen and others in the dock? Why is it just showbiz? Is it all for show, the police doing a spot of PR?
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JOHN Lennon Jewelry on QVC is what he would have wanted. I particularly like the woman telling her kids “Imagine there’s no Heaven”, and them answering: “But you told us there was! LIAR!”
BILL Roache, the Coronation Street star in the mire for alleged sex abuse. He denies raping a 15-year-old in 1967. He has been charged with two counts of rape of a 15-year-old girl in 1967. So much for the facts. And all had best stick to them. Mr Roache is an expert in libel, once devising a board game called Libel.
Devised by William Roache after he sued the Sun for printing a defamatory article about his portrayal of Ken Barlow. The game ‘guides players through the quicksand of assembling a full team of legal advisers in order to proceed to a full trial’. An entertaining and educational game for all the family to enjoy.
It was, predictably, a flop. But Roache did win £50,000 in damages from the Sun who wrongly called him “boring“.
Well, in March 2013, the Mirror reported that Mr Roache and Hall are co-directors of Ridings Publishing. It publishes such titles as The Lancashire & North West magazine and The Yorkshire Ridings magazine.
OK! magazine leads with Coronation Street actress and professional girlfriend Samia Ghadie. Now dating a pro-celebrity ice dancer named Sylvain, Ghadie has had breast augmentation. And they might be huge. As OK! announces on its front page:
“Samia & Sylvain – ‘I’m so happy I’ve had a BOOB JOB & Sylvain has moved in”
Eat yer hrart out Katie Price. Samia’s not flat chested. That’s a penthouse…
STUART Hall has admitted 14 charges of indecently assaulting children. The youngest victim was nine. BBC presenter Hall, 83, pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court. He was active between 1967 and 1985.
His lawyer says:”He is all too aware that his disgrace is complete.”
No. It isn’t. He’s 83. He got away with it.
PINK Floyd’s Dave Gilmour is not unwell. He is not staying at Minnesota’s St. Cloud Hospital. The man signing autographs and racking up a $100,000 bill is Phillip Michael Schaeffer, 53. He’s now under arrest.When Schaeffer was booked into hospital he told medics he was David Gilmour. He said he had no health insurance.
Still, he was treated and sent home.
Such is the universal pleasure in spotting a famous face that Schaeffer was asked to sign an autograph for a hospital employee’s son.
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THEY said Denise Reis could be anything… So she became a trumpet. Cue the holiday camp music:
HOW did Reginald D Hunter react to the overblown race row about his appearance at the PFA awards? He mocked it. He called his Facebook gallery “The PFA Awards – the horrible aftermath”. Pictures of the race riot to follow:
Reginald D Hunter showing off his son at the PFA after show party.
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…
POLITICIANS love hanging around with pop stars don’t they? It gives them the chance to feel vaguely important and they hope that a little cred will rub off on them so they can impress their bosses or voters.
Well, one United Nations dignitary was left trying to prise his foot from his mouth after he tweeted a picture of himself with U2 frontman, Bono (Mr G8). Oh wait. It wasn’t Bono. It was a man dressed up like Bono.
WHAT did John Lennon see in Yoko Ono? In The Beatles, Football And Me, Hunter Davies wrote about Lennon’s relationship with Brian Epstein, the band’s manager. They went to Spain together. Writes Davies:
“John wasn’t a homosexual, but he was daft enough to try anything once.”
Lennon’s childhood friend Pete Shotton says Epstein “toss [Lennon] off”.
IT’S Hunter S. Thompson Sunday. Here’s how the writer responded to a TV contract:
Spotter: The Live Feed.
IN READ ALL ABOUT IT Max Clifford and Angela Levin wrote about the PR guru’s life.
MAX Clifford has been charged with 11 “sex attacks”. The tabloids, which once pumped out Clifford’s PR-laced guff now get to write about the man.
Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, says:
“We have carefully considered the evidence gathered as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to Max Clifford, who was initially arrested on 6 December 2012 over allegations of sexual offences. Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Clifford to be charged with 11 offences of indecent assault relating to seven complainants.”
“Mr Clifford will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 28 May 2013. We have also decided that there is insufficient evidence to authorise charges in relation to three separate allegations. These decisions were taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and our guidance for prosecutors on sexual offences.
“May I remind all concerned that Mr Clifford has a right to a fair trial. It is very important that nothing is said, or reported, which could prejudice that trial. For these reasons it would be inappropriate for me to comment further.”
Max Clifford says:
“The allegations in respect of which I have been charged are completely false and I have made this clear to the police during many, many hours of interviews. Nevertheless a decision has been taken to charge me with 11 offences involving seven women, the most recent of which is 28 years ago and the oldest 47 years ago. I have never indecently assaulted anyone in my life and this will become clear during the course of the proceedings.
“I am naturally disappointed about today’s decision, particularly because of the distress it has caused my wife, Jo, my daughter, Louise, and all those close to me. However, at least I will now be in a position to fully consider all the evidence against me and to answer the evidence in public and ultimately clear my name in a court of law.
“Since last December I have been living a 24/7 nightmare. A black cloud has been placed over me, obliterating the bright blue skies that I have been fortunate to live my life under for the vast majority of the past 70 years. Fortunately I have and continue to receive wonderful support and understanding from those who knew me, those who know me, as well as people I meet everywhere I go. This has made this nightmare so much easier to cope with and I am extremely grateful for this as you can imagine.”
The charges are:
The charges Mr Clifford is facing in full are as follows:
• One offence of indecent assault relating to a girl, aged 14, in 1966
• One offence of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 18, in 1974/75
• Three offences of indecent assault relating to a girl, aged 15, in 1977/78
• One offence of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 19, in 1978
• Two offences of indecent assault relating to a girl, aged 16 or 17, in 1981/82
• One offence of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 19, in 1980/81
• Two offences of indecent assault relating to a woman, aged 18, in 1984/85
Such are the facts.
JOHN le Carré is profiled in the New York Times. In another life, one of Anorak’s writers used to serve him his dinner at the Bacchus restaurant in London’s Hampstead. He was gracious, generous and affable. What else do we know about him?
He says on fox hunting:
“At least they aren’t hunting that poor goddamn thing with drones.”
“It was like working on a great newspaper. They were really funny people, not institutionalized, not too corporate in their minds and often very bright with curious interests.”
OK!’s new columnist is Mark-Francis Vandelli. He’s one of the leading gilded chins on Made In Chelsea, the show that lets anarchists and rebels get to know their enemies movements before the revolution.
Vandelli is billed as the “king of put-downs”, an effete Bernard Manning? He is also the King of “awkward clangers”, a boast that might explain his gait.
OK wants to know what fab paries the 23-year-old with the double-barrelled first name has been to?
“Fabulous parties are few and far between, because synergy between guests is rare. I’ve been to a lot of extraordinary parties, but the best have a positive vibe transfusing through people.”
Hearing that, Anorak would ask him what are the best drugs he’s ever taken at a party are. And if OK! is planning to pay him by the syllable…
OMAR Borkan Al Gala is too sexy for Saudi Arabia. The actor and photographer from Dubai, UAE, wss one of the three men booted out of Saudi Arabia by religious police for being too handsome. The Saudi religious police have branded Al Gala devilishly handsome.
POLICE found drugs and a stun gun on Justin Bieber’s tour bus in Sweden. Lars Bystroem, a Stockholm police spokesman, tells everyone:
“We conducted a search of Justin Bieber’s bus and found a small amount of drugs.”
This sound a lot like Bieber might be changing, or else the mask is falling off? Let’s consider the evidence:
GWYNETH Paltrow’s son Moses Martin is mega talented. She says his teacher praised the “spontaneous”,”actually brilliant” rap he performed for her birthday.
Moses supposes his farts smell of roses.
Moses supposes erroneously…