BBC’s Stuart Hall Admits Sex Abuse

    Former BBC broadcaster presenter Stuart Hall makes a statement to the media after appearing in court charged with rape and 14 counts of indecent assault, in Preston, England, Thursday Feb. 7, 2013.  Veteran BBC broadcaster Hall vowed Thursday to fight sex offence allegations and "regain my reputation", and questioned why the allegations had taken so long to surface, as they date from the 1960s to the 1980s.  (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Former BBC broadcaster Hall on Feb. 7. (Jon Super/AP)

    Former BBC presenter Stuart Hall on Thursday admitted to 14 counts of sexual abuse against girls ages 9 to 17 between 1967 and 1986. Hall, 83, formerly hosted It’s a Knockout and most recently was a sports commenter on BBC’s Radio 5 and sports columnist. He pleaded guilty April 16 and will be sentenced June 17. According to the charges, he sexually molested a 9-year-old girl in the 1980s by sticking a hand up her clothing, and he also allegedly kissed a 13-year-old girl on the lips. He had also been accused of rape, which he denied, and the complaint has been dropped. Nazir Afzal, the chief Crown prosecutor on the case, called Hall an “opportunistic predator.”

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