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I should think Cilla Black and Ronnie Corbett were the last two people Jim Davidson needs to be seen out and about with.  I wouldn’t trust either. Both were at he BBC too long, both mix with people of very dubious character. 

Anyone who knows anyone who is involved with child abuse and keeps quiet about it is just as guilty as the perpetrator in my book… Isn’t that right Esther Rantzen?

As for the BBC? Seems to me that it was just one big nonce club… Close the fucking thing down. It is a stain on the country. 

Jim Davidson is supported by friends Cilla Black and Ronnie Corbett following arrest over ‘sex offences’

By EMILY SHERIDAN

PUBLISHED: 08:44, 25 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:45, 25 March 2013

Comedian Jim Davidson took his mind off his legal troubles on Sunday night with a showbiz dinner with some old friends.

The 59-year-old, who was re-arrested last week on allegations of sex offences, enjoyed a night out at The Ivy with Cilla Black and Ronnie Corbett.

The former Generation Game host and his fifth wife Michelle, 36, looked happy and relaxed as they left the West End restaurant.

Night off his troubles: Comedian Jim Davidson and his wife Michelle leave The Ivy restaurant in London on SundayNight off his troubles: Comedian Jim Davidson and his wife Michelle leave The Ivy restaurant in London on Sunday

 

TV titans of yesteryear: Comedian Ronnie Corbett (left) and TV presenter Cilla Black joined Jim for dinner
TV titans of yesteryear: Comedian Ronnie Corbett (left) and TV presenter Cilla Black joined Jim for dinner

TV titans of yesteryear: Comedian Ronnie Corbett (left) and TV presenter Cilla Black joined Jim for dinner

Cilla, who stood out in her red coat, was accompanied by her close friend, Reading FC chairman John Madejski.

A fan outside the restaurant approached Jim for a photo, but the comedian politely declined, claiming his present circumstances could complicate the simple request.

Jim was arrested for the second time this year last Wednesday after answering bail from his previous arrest in January.

Putting on a brave face: Although Jim has been arrested twice, he has not been charged with any offencesPutting on a brave face: Although Jim has been arrested twice, he has not been charged with any offences

The comedian faces allegations of sex offences as part of Operation Yewtree, the national investigation prompted by the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

Further allegations have been made since Jim’s first arrest in January.

A Met Police spokesman said: ‘The man was arrested in west London on suspicion of sexual offences and taken to a London police station. He was later bailed to return pending further inquiries – next due on a date in May.

Close: Cilla was accompanied by Reading FC chairman John MadejskiClose: Cilla was accompanied by Reading FC chairman John Madejski

‘The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed “others”.’

Last week, his solicitor Henri Brandman said the comic ‘vigorously denies’ all the allegations against him.

Mr Brandman said: ‘Jim vigorously denies the allegations.

Supportive: Jim and his fifth wife Michelle split their time between the UK and DubaiSupportive: Jim and his fifth wife Michelle split their time between the UK and Dubai

‘He has not been charged with any offence. Neither he nor I will be making a further comment.’

Jim was first arrested when he arrived at Heathrow Airport from Dubai to take part in Celebrity Big Brother.

At the time, he said: ‘I’ve never forced myself on a woman in my life.’

 

Two senior Doctor Who staff ‘used their jobs to sexually exploit young male fans of BBC show in 1980s’

  • Producer John Nathan-Turner ‘groomed young men who visited studios’
  • Production manager Gary Downie was also involved, new book claims
  • Book claims JNT once engaged in sex act in BBC office while on phone

By REBECCA EVANS and DAMIEN GAYLE

PUBLISHED: 16:21, 24 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:12, 25 March 2013

The BBC faces a new sex scandal over claims two senior Doctor Who staff abused their positions to exploit fans.

A book alleges the show’s longest-serving producer, John Nathan-Turner, and his partner, production manager Gary Downie, preyed on young male fans in the 1980s.

Many of the men, the book says, were under 21 – at the time the homosexual age of consent.

Accusations: John Nathan-Turner on the set of Doctor Who. He was the show's longest running producerAccusations: John Nathan-Turner on the set of Doctor Who. He was the show’s longest running producer

Former Blue Peter editor Richard Marson makes the claims in his biography of Mr Nathan-Turner, who died in 2002.

In JN-T: the Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner, Mr Marson says he was propositioned in 1984, aged 17, after visiting the studio for a Doctor Who Magazine article.

 

He told online sci-fi magazine Starburst: ‘It happened after the first time I was invited to up to go and see a recording of the show, and he [Nathan-Turner] got a bit frisky, shall we say.

‘I was a bit taken aback; I was only 17 and . . . he said to me, “You’re so f****** provincial”. And of course I was f******* provincial, I came from Bishop’s Stortford, I didn’t know about anything.’

‘I just thought I was in this kind of wonderland that was Television Centre, thinking it was an amazing place, and so I wasn’t really prepared for anything really sophisticated.’

Richard Marson
Gary Downie

Propositioned: Former Blue Peter editor Richard Marson, left, makes the claims about Nathan-Turner and his partner Gary Downie, right, in a new book

 

The next year, on the promise of Doctor Who photographs, Mr Marson visited the studio again. He says he was then assaulted by Mr Downie, who died in 2006.

The encounter took place in a BBC lift, he says, and ended with him fleeing and trying to hide beneath a desk.

In another incident, Mr Marson says a wealthy fan supplied Mr Nathan-Turner with male escorts in exchange for visits to the studio and souvenirs.

He adds both men were on the look-out for teenage fans who would have sex with them because of Doctor Who – dubbing the fans ‘doable barkers’.

He claims Mr Nathan-Turner, producer from 1980-89, once engaged in a sexual act in his BBC office while on the phone to Blue Peter editor Biddy Baxter.

Claims: Producer John Nathan-Turner and production manager Gary Downie allegedly groomed young men - many of whom were under below 21, the then-homosexual age of consent - who visited the studiosClaims: Producer John Nathan-Turner and production manager Gary Downie allegedly groomed young men – many of whom were under below 21, the then-homosexual age of consent – who visited the studios

The accusations come in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, with fears the BBC DJ and Jim’ll Fix It host sexually abused up to 450 adults and children.

The BBC was accused of a cover-up after dropping a Newsnight investigation into Savile after his death in 2011.

The broadcaster has since established a review to hear victims’ evidence and to examine the culture of the institution. It has also launched a fresh probe into the latest allegations.

‘I think John was just a go-with-the-flow, life-is-a-party, you know, “I’ll try it on and if somebody says yes, then that’s up to them.” I have less of a benevolent view of Gary’

Richard Marson, former Blue Peter editor

Mr Marson says some people felt the men’s behaviour was ‘inappropriate’, but were not willing to tell police.

He writes: ‘It would not be true to say I’ve found anyone willing to testify to coercion or abuse.’

He added to Starburst: ‘I think what you had was a promiscuous gay bloke in a position where his social life was very actively busy, and he had the opportunity to meet a lot of young people, and did like getting off with young guys.

‘I don’t think he was predatory particularly, I don’t think he forced himself on the unwilling, I haven’t found any evidence of that.

But, Mr Marson went on: ‘I found I was much more cautious about his partner Gary, than I was about John.

‘I think John was just a go-with-the-flow, life-is-a-party, you know, “I’ll try it on and if somebody says yes, then that’s up to them.” I have less of a benevolent view of Gary.’

Working on the show for 20 years, Nathan-Turner was Doctor Who’s longest-running producer.

Daleks: Former BBC producer Richard Marson admitted that his book, JN-T: the Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner, includes 'things that it will be difficult for Doctor Who fans to read' (file picture)Claims: Producer John Nathan-Turner and production manager Gary Downie allegedly groomed young men – many of whom were under below 21, the then-homosexual age of consent – who visited the studios

A BBC spokesman said: ‘We cannot comment on individual cases but clearly allegations of this nature are extremely serious.

‘We have set up the Dame Janet Smith Review to help us understand how alleged incidents of this nature could have been committed and how we can avoid them happening again.’

█ Police dismissed reports of a suspected paedophile ring at BBC soap EastEnders. The Sun newspaper yesterday claimed a unit was set up over allegations adults groomed children on set in the 1980s and 90s.

Police said no such unit exists and no abuse was reported.

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