Thursday, 6 February 2014

Bill Roache Cleared: Justice Prevails

I am so happy for him. I personally have had enough experience of evil women trying to take me for a ride--though not for the same allegation--in the hope of making themselves look good, and in the hope of making a fast buck for themselves. It never works because, when you lie, you have to be a good liar and persistent, and you need to have the evidence to back up the accusation.

This poor old chap has been put through hell. had it not been for Jimmy Savile--and I'm sure that many of the cases against him were made up, for if he had been that busy interfering with young people, he would never have had time to eat and sleep--none of these cases would ever have gone to court. A close friend of mine is a friend of one actor who was accused of 'abusing' a 16-year old boy. "Dirty sod," they all screamed. "He's old enough to be his father!" The incident happened almost thirty years ago. The 'boy' WAS 16, the actor 17. Hardly what I call a dirty old man. They were in a relationship--the 'boy' was the 'top'. Need I say more? 

There are genuinely dirty old men--Stuart Hall, for one. But the majority of these cases, almost without exception with the 'victims' hoping to make a bob or too, are just silly. Someone squeezed a woman's tit 43 years ago, and she enjoyed having her tit squeezed. I've seen a lot of what goes on behind the scenes with my own eyes, and few of these 'victims' were being taken advantage of. They were more than willing participants. 

I may or may not be naming my own oppressors in my autobiography--which incidentally HAS been completed and is safely lodged, just in case I get a few more messages that I'm going to be set on fire or bumped off in a back alley. Everything has been legally read and sanctioned, so there will be no comeback. No name-calling, just the truth. 

I now feel that whoever has made Bill Roache's life an absolute misery should also be named and shamed--splattered across the front of the tabloids as he has been. 

I also feel that the press should STOP hounding these men for what happened up to 50 years ago, and concentrate on exposing what is happening NOW.

Bill Roache trial: Coronation Street star CLEARED of historic sex offences against teenage girls


The actor was found not guilty of two counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault in the 1960s and 70s


Coronation Street star Bill Roache has been found NOT GUILTY of a string of historic sex offences against young girls following a four week trial.
The actor was cleared by a jury of two counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault.
The 81-year-old, known to millions as Ken Barlow in the ITV soap, had denied all the charges involving five complainants between the mid-1960s and early 1970s, either at Granada Studios in Manchester, in his car or at properties he owned.
He told the juors at Preston Crown Court he had no knowledge of any of the women who said he had assaulted them.
The jury spent 5 hours and 59 minutes deliberating before coming into court to deliver the verdicts at 11.19am.
Roache was asked to stand and the jury foreman confirmed they were all agreed on verdicts on all of the counts.
With his hands by his side, looking at the jury, he made no reaction as he was cleared of all charges.
But the months and weeks of strain overcame his family in the public gallery.
Youngest son James dissolved into tears with a hand over his face, his brother Linus also wiped away tears and Roache's youngest daughter Verity was hugged before she also began to weep.
One of Roache's minders sprung to his feet and shouted "Yes!" and began to clap before the judge told him to be quiet.



William Roache court case
Court sketch: An artist's impression of Roache in the dock

The actor's defence team had said the case against him was "nonsense", and haunted by the "spectre" of Jimmy Savile.
His barrister, Louise Blackwell QC, had asked the jury to consider how it was possible he could have turned from "perfect gentleman" to a sexual predator and back again, and said the accounts of his alleged victims had contained "contradictions and inconsistencies".
The accusers told jurors they were sexually abused by the defendant either at Granada Studios in Manchester, in his car or at properties he owned.
But Roache told the jury he had no knowledge of any of the women and the alleged abuse simply did not happen.
Roache said he was "astounded" and "horrified" at his arrest on suspicion of rape at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, on May 1 last year.
ITV announced he would not appear in the programme until legal proceedings were concluded.
The widespread publicity of the arrest led to four other women coming forward to allege they too had been victims in the same era.
Roache was arrested again last June and then charged with five counts of indecent assault.
But the world's longest-serving soap actor - who has appeared in Coronation Street since its 1960 launch - told the jury sexual abuse was not in his "nature" and he had no interest in underage girls.
Criticism of police and prosecutors over Savile's impunity despite years of suspicions of sex abuse meant accusations against other celebrities had to end in a trial, it was suggested.
"In the post Jimmy Savile era, once someone makes an allegation, it's got to go to court, no sense will prevail, it has to go to court," Miss Blackwell said.
Glowing testimonies about Roache's "caring" and "lovely" nature were given in evidence by three of his Coronation Street co-stars including Anne Kirkbride, who plays his on-screen wife Deirdre.
It was not credible the jury were told that the "perfect gentleman" and "father figure" they described had been a "sexual predator".
And the "inconsistencies and contradictions" of each complainant's "story" was picked apart under cross-examination.
During the trial the prosecution offered no evidence on one of two counts of indecent assault, relating to one complainant, as she had "no actual memory of the episode".
The involvement of the press was also highlighted.
The husband of one complainant, whose sister was also allegedly abused, contacted the papers before the police - which "coloured" their allegations, Miss Blackwell said.
After Roache's initial arrest for rape was "all over the press" she asked the jury whether any of the other women who came forward later could be regarded as "truly independent."


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