Sunday 24 September 2017

BBC 'dirty old man' abused teen boys

Brambell, who played the
Brambell, who played the "dirty old man" Albert Steptoe in the comedy 'Steptoe and Son', allegedly abused two boys.

Gordon Rayner and Eileen Fairweather

Wilfrid Brambell, the actor, became the latest BBC celebrity accused of child sex abuse last night after it emerged that two people had come forward in Jersey claiming to be his victims.

Brambell, who played the "dirty old man" Albert Steptoe in the comedy 'Steptoe and Son', allegedly abused two boys in a theatre on the island at the height of his fame in the 1970s.

One of the alleged victims was a resident at the notorious Haut de la Garenne children's home which was at the centre of a police investigation into historical child abuse on the island in 2008.

He claimed to have been molested by Brambell in a back room of the island's Opera House theatre.

The second victim also claimed to have been abused by Brambell at the theatre.

The alleged victims were aged 12 to 13 at the time.

Dublin-born Brambell, who died in 1985, was homosexual and had a criminal record for "persistently importuning for an immoral purpose" in a public lavatory, dating from 1962.

A spokesman for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of 'Steptoe and Son', said: "There were only about two people at his funeral. He didn't have much of an entourage and he didn't really have people who mixed with him socially."

A spokesman for the BBC said that if the corporation received any allegation about anyone abusing children on BBC premises, it would be investigated as part of the independent inquiry into sex abuse by Jimmy Savile. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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