FROM 2012 Sex abuse rife at BBC says Ben Fellows

Sex abuse rife at BBC says Ben Fellows

A FORMER child actor revealed how he “ran a gauntlet of paedophiles” at the BBC, claiming the entertainment industry was rife with sex abuse.

Published: 00:00, Wed, October 17, 2012

Ben Fellows pictured spoke about how he was preyed upon by actors directors and producersBen Fellows (pictured) spoke about how he was preyed upon by actors, directors and producers []
Ben Fellows, who appeared in Eastenders, The Bill and Starlight Express before becoming an award-winning
filmmaker, spoke last night about how he was preyed upon by actors, directors and producers.
Mr Fellows’s testimony will pile more pressure on the BBC in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex scandal.
He said: “Once I’d entered the entertainment industry proper I ran a gauntlet of paedophiles – both at the BBC and other television production companies and also in theatres, as well as commercial photo shoots.
“In fact, almost every production I was involved with I was targeted in some way or another.”
Mr Fellows, 38, who trained at the Royal Shakespeare Company, claims that as a teenager he was asked to
Very few people have done so much for vulnerable children. In my view she is irreplaceable
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take his top off and pose for photographs before being propositioned by men and women “all the time”.
On one occasion, he claims, he was chased around a dressing room by a naked actor at the Theatre Royal in
London’s West End. Mr Fellows’s graphic account of life as an aspiring actor is the latest in a series of revelations
to emerge after 60 women alleged Savile had raped or indecently assaulted them – some in the late DJ’s
BBC dressing room.
The BBC’s director-general George Entwistle has promised an independent investigation into practices at the
corporation in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
However, Mr Fellows’s account of life as a child star appears to indicate that predatory behaviour was commonplace
far more recently.
He said: “The truth is there are paedophiles everywhere in the entertainment industry.”
Last night children’s campaigner Esther Rantzen received support from Mark Wood, chairman of trustees for NSPCC and ChildLine, after it was claimed she was told about Jimmy Savile 18 years ago but failed to act.
Yesterday the Daily Express published an exclusive interview with Ms Rantzen in which she said the Savile
sex scandal could undermine her “life’s work” protecting children.
Mr Wood said: “Very few people have done so much for vulnerable children. In my view she is irreplaceable.”

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