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Fred Talbot denies accusations made by Ian Brown

By | Published on Friday 6 February 2015

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Former TV weatherman Fred Talbot has denied claims made by Stones Roses frontman Ian Brown during the former’s ongoing sex abuse trial.

As previously reported, Brown is neither a victim nor a witness of the actual alleged assaults, but he was taught biology by Talbot when he attended Altrincham Grammar School in the 1970s. And in his testimony at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court last month he recalled Talbot’s alleged inappropriate behaviour in the classroom, claiming to have been shown what he later realised was a gay porn film in a sex education class.

The singer also went on to describe a lesson where Talbot “asked the class if any of us had ever masturbated. He wanted to know who was successful in the masturbation. He asked boys to raise their hands”. Talbot would then have “private words” with those who had done so, claimed Brown. “I can remember sitting there wondering, ‘What is he saying to them?'”

According to Metro, when asked during his own testimony yesterday if he recalled what Brown had said when giving evidence, Talbot said: “I well recall. I don’t think it even warrants comment. I think what he said, it was utter rubbish. Then he went on about a porn film … it’s just not fair. Can you imagine showing eleven year olds something like that? Where would I get the films? No, I never did”.

Talbot denies all the charges against him. The case continues.