Hall told girl she was ‘special’, trial hears

Stuart Hall claims the sex with the girls was consensual. Picture: Getty
Stuart Hall claims the sex with the girls was consensual. Picture: Getty
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A WOMAN wept as she told a court yesterday how paedophile “predator” Stuart Hall sexually abused her when she was 12.

The victim, now in her late 40s, wiped away tears as she said the former BBC broadcaster, now 84, had forced his tongue in her mouth, repeating “you’re special” as he raped her.

A year later, she said she awoke with family friend Hall at her bedside molesting her as she lay “rigid and still”, and he said: “I told you you are special – and you are.”

The witness told the jury at Preston Crown Court: “I didn’t want my father to be ashamed of me. I felt incredibly dirty, ashamed and confused and very frightened and I chose to bury it because I didn’t want to appear dirty in front of anybody, but I didn’t want anybody to be disappointed in me, particularly my father.”

Hall has pleaded not guilty to 20 allegations of rape and indecent assault between 1976 and 1981 against two young girls, who knew him as a family friend. The TV celebrity allegedly treated the girls as sexual “playthings” after plying them with alcohol.

The victim, known as girl B, said she was first attacked by Hall in the mid-1970s when she was 12. She was working at a stables when he turned up unannounced on a motorbike, took her to a corner of the stables and pushed her up against the wall.

She said: “He pushed his mouth on mine, he forced his tongue between my teeth. He felt my body, particularly my chest. My dungarees were removed. He was constantly speaking … telling me I was beautiful and lovely and he managed to get inside my shirt. His hands travelled down …

“All the time I was being pushed against the wall. I was smaller than him – he had to lift me.”

She said Hall made “guttural” noises as she was raped, which she described as “excruciatingly painful”.

Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, asked: “Did you say anything to him?”

She replied: “No. I didn’t say a word. I didn’t fight. I didn’t do anything, actually. I just was there, just like a rag doll. I’m sorry.”

She added: “I was completely numb and I just walked out, I didn’t say anything. I didn’t tell a soul.”

Hall was jailed last year after he pleaded guilty to 14 offences of indecent assault against 13 girls, aged nine to 17, at the same court. He was sentenced to 
15 months, subsequently increased to 30 months at the Court of Appeal.

He denies raping the two girls and claims the sex was consensual. The trial continues.