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Former Hammersmith Odeon manager appears in court on sexual abuse charges

By | Published on Tuesday 3 June 2014

Philip Leivers

The trial of a former Hammersmith Odeon manager, Philip Leivers, began at Snaresbrook Crown Court yesterday. He is accused of committing various sexual assaults in the 1970s while working at the West London venue that is now known as the Hammersmith Apollo.

Leivers is accused of raping a teenage girl several times between 1975 and 1981, amongst other charges. The alleged incidents took place while Leivers was working at the Odeon, with the venue manager telling his victim that he could introduce her to star musicians of the day, including David Essex and Suzi Quatro.

Until August last year, he was a councillor for Chapel St Leonards on the East Lindsey District Council. He resigned the position upon being charged.

Leivers denies all the allegations against him.