Paul Daniels admits he cannot be sure all his groupies were over 16
Published 24/12/2012 | 08:48
The magician Paul Daniels has admitted he cannot be sure all his "groupies" were over 16 because life in the 1970s was a "blur".
The entertainer Paul Daniels , 74, said he does remember once kissing a “slightly tiddly” schoolgirl he gave a lift too before realising she was underage.
He said it was difficult to tell the age of his “groupies” in the 1970s because they wore “super-short mini skirts” and “teetering high heels”.
Daniels made the comments in an online blog as he discussed the Jimmy Savile sex abuse claims.
He said that “back then”, comedians, impressionists and magicians were all routinely offered sex by girls.
“I have been wondering if all of [Savile’s] accusers are for real,” he wrote, according to the Daily Mail.
“Did I have such a life? Yes. I would be lying if I said I didn’t. Were they all over 16? OMG, I hope so. Can I remember them? No.
“Life back then was a blur, and therein lies a major problem with what is going on now.
“It was 35-40 years ago. How the hell can you say you did or you didn't?
“Anyone can come along and claim to have been ‘abused’ by anyone they care to name.”
Daniels, who is married to his former stage assistant Debbie McGee, 54, has three grown-up sons from his first marriage.
He confessed he had a “passionate” encounter with a schoolgirl hitch-hiker after his first season as a professional magician in 1969.
He said when he was 30 he had a long drive from Newquay to the north from a show and picked a hitchhiker on the way.
“A long long drive and in the middle of the night and in the middle of the country a mini-skirted girl was thumbing a lift,” he said.
“I gave her a lift and drove on into the night a few miles whilst the more than slightly tiddly girl moaned on about her boyfriend ignoring her in the pub that night and that she would get own back on him.
“Oh goodie for me I thought and when we got to her town I kissed her goodnight and it got a bit more passionate.”
Daniels said when he realised how young the girl was after they had kissed, he immediately threw her out of the car and drove away.
He said: “Thank God it didn’t get TOO passionate because something she said sent a shiver down my spine... Another question and she said she was still at school.
“I had her out of the car as fast as I could and I drove off with the thing went too far.
“So there I am.”
Discussing the sex abuse revelations against Savile, Daniels stressed the late DJ and BBC TV presenter was a “bad guy”, adding:
“There were always rumours, even rumours of far worse things than I have seen reported.”
Police are currently investigating 450 abuse allegations against Savile, who died last year aged 84.
But Daniels said he doubted whether all of his accusers were telling the truth.
He said: “What I do find odd about the stories that are now emerging however, is when a “victim” went on TV and stated that she had gone back to his dressing room quite a few times.
“For over 400 of them to keep quiet for 40 years seems strange.”
By Richard Alleyne Telegraph.co.uk