Matt Sergiou, with Foreword by Spivey
What follows this foreword is an excellent article sent to me by a fella called Matt Sergiou, focusing on the Beatles and the – shall we say – somewhat dubious people that they associated with.
Indeed, one of the nonce-ponce’s that Matt discusses in detail is a
no-mark-skid-mark named Melvyn Conn who is on trial at the moment for
sexually abusing underage girls back in the day… Not for the first time
either, but I will let Matt fill you in on all the details.
However, when I checked that the links he has provided as ‘source
reference’ work okay, I picked up on something in one of the photos
depicting Kink Conn that Matt might not have been aware of, i.e Conn is
Course, to most people it will just appear that Conn is trying to
stop the press from taking his photo, which he might have got away with
had it not been for the facts that:
- the photo is an SWNS production and to date I have never come across a photo from that photo agency – a front for the Security Services – that hasn’t either been digitally altered or contains some sort of covert Satanic symbolism in it.
- We have seen this ‘spell casting’ far too many times now.
- By the time this photo was taken, Conn and the bird had already had numerous photos taken.
Isn’t that right Max?
Ere, is old Max still in prison? I mean, compared to the others who
got done, his sentence was a lot harsher wasn’t it… Unless of course it
was all a Conn.
Indeed, I find myself asking if old Clifford the Dog was ever really a Conn at all?
Written by Matt Sergiou
For quite a time now, I’ve been rather fascinated by what I consider
to be a suspiciously-high number of show-business paedophiles, alleged
or otherwise, who’ve been connected personally and/or professionally to
I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks this, hence one of the
reasons why I’ve never raised this issue in public before either on my
website/blog, ‘Conspiro Media’ or its accompanying ‘YouTube’ page,
Sure, if I’d had something of a revelatory or unique nature to bring
to the subject, I would’ve wasted little time in sharing it online. But,
unfortunately, I haven’t had such a rush of inspiration. So far, my
interest in this is merely based on little else but ‘a feeling.’
As a result, I’ve kept my thoughts to myself. Be that as it may
though, the number of show-biz/entertainment folk with child-abuse
connections and also relations to one or more members of The Beatles has
continued to grow in the meantime. Just a couple of weeks ago there
were reports of a woman informing jurors in a trial in Britain that a
prominent London-born music-promoter by the name of Mervyn Conn had “bragged” about knowing the band before raping her at a festival in the UK back in the 1970s when she was fifteen.
According to the UK newspaper/website ‘The Sun’ (September 29th 2016)….
The “arrogant” impresario
had hired the teenager to dress as a cowgirl at a Country & Western
music-festival he promoted at Wembley Arena in the 1970s, a jury heard.
Conn, now 81, name-dropped the Fab Four and US singer Crystal Gayle to the schoolgirl before forcing himself on her…
He sexually assaulted her
while she wore the cowgirl outfit and her school uniform and then raped
her in his marital bed with a picture of him and his wife on the
bedside, it is alleged.
PHOTO: Mervyn Conn
The woman, now 56, broke
down in tears and became extremely distressed as she recalled the
alleged abuse in a video recorded police interview played to jurors. She
said she was employed by Conn as a hostess in 1976, and was made to
hand out brochures to festival-goers while dressed in a cowgirl uniform.Conn
is accused of flaunting his Rolls Royce and expensive home to show how
he “could control, manipulate and do anything he wanted.”
She said: “I went to an
interview at his head office and was short-listed. He asked if my
parents knew. I gave him my date of birth definitely.” The teen was then
called back to his office for a uniform fitting, where Conn asked her
to “give him a twirl.”
The woman went on: “I was
working at this festival for a long weekend at Easter that year. I was
standing near the entrance handing out brochures and he just appeared
out of nowhere with a cloth bag and said ‘I need you to look after this
for me and bring it back to my dressing room’, and gave me a time. I was
by far the youngest member of staff.
When the time came I took
the money and found the dressing-room. He was doing a Press-conference
so I sat down and quietly waited.”
After the photographers left, Conn is said to sexually assaulted the youngster in his dressing room for two or three minutes.
She said: “It felt like an
eternity. He just sort of dismissed me and said he will contact me again
about the job. I stumbled out and felt in a daze and in turmoil. I
remember seeing the stage, it was brightly lit. I just remember being in
a complete daze. Then I saw him standing in the VIP box with his wife
in black tie.”
The alleged victim said she
was telegrammed and asked to go to Conn’s head office in Charing Cross,
central London, on multiple occasions.
On the second visit to his office, the teen had taken a train to London after school, still dressed in her school uniform.
She said: “There was a wad
of money, he took some from that and the rest he put in a wall safe like
he was showing it off. And he was talking about all these people he’s
promoted like he’s the big ‘I am.’”
She said Conn made her wait
in his office as the rest of the staff left the building. She added: “He
poured himself a big drink and talked about many people like Crystal
Conn then ushered the girl to “see what his desk chair felt like” and forced himself upon her yet again, the court heard.
She broke down in tears as
she recalls him unbuttoning her school blouse and sexually assaulting
her. She said: “He put his hands up my skirt. He was forceful and
aggressive. I felt slightly bruised and shocked. It seemed to happen
She said she told him she
felt sick, adding: “It would have been really obvious I didn’t want it. I
was not responding to anything he was doing. It was obvious I wasn’t
reciprocating or enjoying it. I don’t know what I said, I think ‘I don’t
like this, please stop.’ I was completely mystified as to why I was
called there at all.
On her third visit to his office she said Conn insisted on taking her home so he could show off his Rolls Royce.
PHOTO: Conn, back in the day
Instead of driving her home
he took her to his gated house in Wimbledon, South West London, where he
ordered her to lie in a “star shape” and raped her in his marital bed,
it is alleged.The woman said: “I sat in the
back thinking how ostentatious and showy it was. I hated it. It was like
he was showing off his castle. I remember thinking it looked expensive
but not classy – tacky.”
You can read the news-item in full by clicking HERE
So, what exactly was (is) the impresarios relationship with the so-called “Fab Four”?
Well, according to the item from The Sun, the woman making the allegations against him informed the court that “he told me stuff about people, how he owned the rights to The Beatles songs.”
This is, quite frankly, most confusing. To my knowledge, no one by
the name of Mervyn Conn has ever owned the rights to The Beatles’ songs.
I might be wrong of course, but, I doubt it.
That then means that someone hasn’t been entirely truthful here, doesn’t it?
Could it be that we’ve been spun one by the writer responsible for the above news-article? I can’t see why, quite personally.
So, maybe, back there in ’76, it was the 15-year-old who was lied to before she was allegedly assaulted?
Or perhaps she’s the one making it all up? If you do feel tempted to
question her integrity, be aware before you do that she’s not the only
woman who’s accusing Conn of sexual assault in this court-case.
In 1985, nine years on from his reported attacks on her, he’s said to have “raped a 16-year-old girl at his London office.” According to a recent news-item reporting on the trial:
“Conn had met her in a
grocers… and gave her his number, promising concert tickets if she gave
him a call. When she went to collect the ’tickets’ she was raped – but
Conn would still visit her and tell her to come to his office. When
questioned by police, Conn made no comment about the 16-year-old, but
admitted kissing the 15-year-old after she had asked for Johnny Cash
“another woman… told police
Conn plunged his hands down her top and groped her breasts during a job
interview in the 1970s when she was in her early 20s. She told police,
‘he was really the big guy who used to bring all the American
Country-music acts over to Wembley.’ Explaining why she didn’t report
the incident to the police, she added, ’I think it was because he was
And that’s not all… In 1989, he was sentenced to eight weeks in prison for “groping” his 19-year-old receptionist.
Interestingly, one of the above Press-cuttings states that Conn “was once guest of the US President at the White House.” In fact, he’s said so himself.
He’s also claimed to have been a dinner-guest of Margaret Thatcher’s during her time as Prime Minister. He’s reported as saying,
“I’m the only man I know who’s dined at the White House, Kremlin and
Downing Street. Not bad for a music-promoter from the East End.” And for an alleged paedophile, not entirely surprising either.
This reminds me of that no-talent radio disc-jockey, Jimmy Savile who
was said to have been a friend and/or confidante, not only of top-level
politicians both in the UK and abroad, but British royalty too of
course. Same as Conn, he’s connected to The Beatles – as you’re most
What you might not know is, the links that tie the band and both
these men all together doesn’t stop here in the realms of randomness.
Well, that’s the impression I’ve been left with after a bit of
trekking on the internet, and it’s as a result of this search that I’ve
also discovered what Mervyn’s said association with the group is.
It seems he was responsible for helping organise their first series
of live Christmas variety stage-shows in London in 1963 when he was
working with theatrical-agent, Joe Collins, the father of famous
novelist, Jackie and veteran actress, Joan who, you might be interested
to learn, is the former wife of Ron Kass, one-time head of John, Paul,
George and Ringo’s ‘Apple Records’!
Small world, eh?! (Yeah… right!).
Any way… who was the compere of the December 1964/ January ’65 follow-up dubbed ‘Another Beatles Christmas Show’
but none other than Jimmy Savile. A regular cast-member of the previous
year’s bill was Australian-born music-artist, painter, TV-host and
fellow paedophile, Rolf Harris – currently serving a five-year
nine-month prison sentence for – in the trial judge’s words – “committing 12 offences of indecent assault on 4 victims who were variously aged between 8 and 19…”
Further still, another star of the ‘64/’65 line-up was Cilla Black
the recently-deceased British television-hostess, Sixties
music-performer, Beatles buddy and ex Cavern Club coat-check girl who
was also a close friend of the much-maligned singer, Cliff Richard who,
in recent years, has been questioned by police over historic child-sex
All just a coincidence?
PHOTO: Rolf Harris (situated behind George & John) and next to him, Cilla Black
Well, here’s the thing; The more I delve into these connections, the
more captivated I become, not only by the significantly sizeable number
of known and/or alleged sexual predators and paedophiles linked to the
band, but these ‘coincidences’ – if that’s what you want to call them.
Me, personally, I’m not so sure that’s the description I’d go for.
Yeah, I know, it’s a given that, back in the 1960s, the
breathtakingly famous Beatles would’ve been booked to work alongside
Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris because of the fact that both men were very
well-known TV and radio-personalities of the time.
There’s nothing unusually suspicious in that, necessarily – although
you could argue as to why a pair of sex-predators such as these would
have been chosen for elevation to the heights of fame and wealth in the
first place. No. The band’s connections to one or two of the UK’s most
famous paedophiles and sex-offenders (alleged or not, convicted or not)
goes beyond the parameters of the show-biz circle, and so – in my opinion – deserves further inspection.
ROLF HARRIS (FAR-LEFT), MERVYN CONN (FAR-RIGHT)
For the first time, I’m going to think this out loud, as it were,
even though, as I noted earlier, I’ve nothing particularly
Earth-shattering to disclose to you.
All I have is a list of famous figures from the world of
entertainment who’ve either been convicted of, or alleged or accused to
have been involved in sex offences/paedophilia and who’ve also been
friends of and/or worked with The Beatles.
Below, is that list. The first name in it intrigues me the most I
think, because it’s the one that deviates entirely from that ‘show-biz
* Jimmy Tarbuck
Liverpudlian stand-up comedian and sometime TV-host who first shot to
fame in the UK in the early 1960s when, at the age of 23, he became the
youngest British comic to land his own television-series.
PHOTO: Jimmy Tarbuck and Cilla Black – good friends for over 50 years
In 2013 he was arrested over allegations of sexual-assault on a young
boy dating back to the 1970s, but was released almost a year later
Tarbuck – who for a time back in the day was, I’m led to
understand, dubbed a ‘fifth Beatle’ because of his mop-top haircut,
Liverpool accent and trendy attire – had actually attended primary (elementary) school with John Lennon and George Harrison, both of whom were friends.
“I always got on well with John,” he once recalled. “I remember him kicking a ball around with him in the playground, shouting and being daft.”
After they’d all made it big and moved to London from Liverpool, there’d be parties.
“John had a great party-piece,” Tarbuck has revealed. “He’d
put Speed in your drink. When I was about 24 I nodded off one night at
someone’s house and he stuck some in my drink. I was like a rabbit in
the headlights for four days!”
PHOTO: Childhood years: Tarbuck – fists aloft – with a young John Lennon on his right
*Spivey note: The above picture is a photoshop, although that fact takes nothing away from the narrative.
After his arrest in 2013, more allegations of abuse appeared – and then promptly went away from view, or so it seems. On the David Icke web-forum, I came across what’s claimed to be a copy & paste of an article lifted from a now dead internet-link belonging to the The Sun. It reads:
Cops probe Tarbuck ‘sex attack on man No. 2’
New abuse claim
Police are investigating a second sex-assault against Jimmy Tarbuck, The Sun can reveal.
TV APPEARANCE, 1965: A ‘MOP-TOPPED’ TARBUCK (RIGHT) WITH CLIFF RICHARD
The alleged victim, a man now aged 32, has told detectives he was abused by the comedian.
He made the new claims after reading of Tarbuck’s arrest in The Sun.
The alleged incident is said to have happened on a golf-course near his home…
Police said: “We received an allegation…”
Similarly, contributors to the David Icke forum claim that these same
allegations were also ’pulled’ from the newspaper/website, ‘The
Express.’ The accusations live on elsewhere – such as the page from ‘ ’ found HERE
It might interest you to know that in recent years, Tarbuck is said to have been an active supporter of a children’s home, the ‘Refugio Aboim Ascensao.’ It’s based in Portugal – location of the Madeleine McCann incident and Cliff Richard’s overseas residence.
*Spivey Note: Jimmy Tarbuck’s name appears on the list of Satanic worshippers found HERE having
allegedly attended ceremonies at Beaulieu Palace House – a place
mentioned on the same list as being somewhere that sacrifices to Satan
are carried out. Indeed it is therefore little wonder that the place is
listed as being one of the three most haunted houses in Britain.
* Freddie Starr
Another famous Liverpudlian comedian hailing from the Beatles’
generation who’s been pulled over by police over sex-abuse allegations.
In fact, between November 2012 and February 2014, he was arrested a
total of four times. Then, after 18 months on bail, prosecutors
announced that there was “insufficient evidence to prosecute Freddie
Starr in relation to allegations of sexual offences made by 13
individuals. In relation to one further complainant, we have decided
that although there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of
conviction, a prosecution would not be in the public interest.” Errrr…. Why wouldn’t it be?
The aforementioned “complainant” was a woman by the name of Karin Ward.
PHOTO: Freddie Starr
She claims the comedian molested her in Jimmy Savile’s BBC dressing-room in 1974 when she was just 14 years of age.
She was there to participate in a television-show the DJ was hosting
and that Starr was guesting on – although the comedian initially denied
ever having appeared on it when the allegations were put to him in late
However, footage of the programme then surfaced, clearly showing him
taking part and standing within close proximity to Ward who was in the
His lawyers hit back, stating, “this does not detract away from the fact that Freddie vigorously denies the awful allegation that has been made by Karin Ward.”
Indeed, Starr launched a libel and slander case against Ward – which he went on to lose.
In dismissing the comic’s claim, the presiding High Court judge reportedly said Karin’s “words were true. She proved that it was true that he groped her – an underage schoolgirl.”
Although Starr was a popular comedian of the ‘70s and ‘80s, his
career in show-biz began as a singer in Liverpool in the early 1960s.
Similar to fellow Liverpudlian Jimmy Tarbuck, it’s claimed that Freddie
was also once looked upon as a possible ‘fifth Beatle’ – quite
Here’s an article from The Express from 2012 that ran under the title, ‘The Day Freddie Starr nearly became a Beatle’:
In the early Sixties, a
young singer was at the forefront of the Merseybeat revolution.
Charismatic, good-looking and with a great voice, he regularly topped
the bill at venues such as The Cavern Club.
Today he is better known as a
madcap comedian and impressionist. Back then, however, Freddie Starr
and his various bands including The Midnighters, were the biggest draw
in and around Liverpool.
Freddie and The Beatles used
to hang out together and, according to a schoolboy friend who later
became his manager, Starr was once approached by Lennon to join The
His boyhood friend and neighbour, Tony Cartwright recalls:
“Freddie was the first real Rock and Roll star in Liverpool…”
When The Beatles started
out, Starr was already established. For being the headline act, he and
his band would get £25 – in those days a small fortune…
Further down the bill were
The Beatles, one of scores of bands in Liverpool at the time. According
to Cartwright, The Beatles supported The Midnighters on about 100
occasions and they all became good pals.
“Liverpool was like one big Rock and Roll family and John Lennon especially loved Freddie,” says Cartwright.
“Freddie had a great sense
of humour. There were lots of pranks, which Lennon found hilarious.
There was never any jealousy. In those days when The Beatles came on,
people would drift off to the bar because they were there to see
Starr’s incredible appeal didn’t escape Lennon’s notice and John once asked Freddie to join The Beatles, reveals Cartwright.
“Freddie just laughed,” reveals Cartwright.
“He told John, ‘listen, I’ve
got my own band and I’m bigger than you.’ John also offered Freddie
some of the songs he had written but Freddie didn’t like them.
“Freddie was very talented but I don’t think he could ever have become a Beatle. It would never have gelled.”
Then, a year later… The Beatles had a problem, says Cartwright.
Their drummer Pete Best fell
out of favour and Lennon began looking for a new recruit. At the time,
Ringo Starr was a session-drummer who performed with several bands
including Freddie Starr and The Midnighters. He was a close friend and
it’s claimed that Freddie even let Ringo – whose real name is Richard
Starkey – share his stage surname.
Ringo jumped at the chance to join The Beatles.
Read the article in full by clicking HERE
When The Beatles eventually rose to national music-stardom in
Britain, Freddie and The Midnighters became their support act, as the
picture below advertising a 1963 UK concert clearly shows.
According to the Express article, “when The Beatles first toured the US in 1964 there was an approach for Freddie to join them” there too. However…
He wasn’t interested, says Cartwright…
He says: “I think he got
bored of the music-business. He went solo in the mid-Sixties. By then he
was doing a lot of impressions. He was a variety-act in a Rock ‘n’ Roll
At the height of his fame, Freddie met Elvis Presley
and charmed The King with his impressions. Starr still kept in touch
with Lennon and McCartney and it wasn’t unusual for Freddie to receive a
telegram from the two Beatles wishing him luck before a big show.
In later years, Starr would have his Public Relations handled for him by a notorious individual by the name of…
* Max Clifford
Until fairly recently, the UK’s best-known PR guru.
He’s said to have worked with anyone and everyone from Frank Sinatra
and Marlon Brando to Z-listers such as Rebecca Loos, whose main claim to
fame was embarking on an extra-marital affair with David Beckham.
Clifford is currently serving an eight-year prison term for a string
of indecent assaults on females ranging in age from 15 to 19.
Furthermore, in his sentencing remarks, the judge presiding over the
trial stated that he was sure the Public Relations maestro had also
sexually abused a 12-year-old girl whilst on holiday in Spain, but that
this allegation could not be pursued in the British courts even though
evidence for it was presented to the jury during the case.
PHOTO: Max Clifford
Clifford’s career in PR began in the early Sixties when he accepted
an offer of a job as a Press-publicist at record-company, ‘EMI.’ He’s
since recalled, “the first task I was given when I joined EMI in
October 1962 was to promote a new group whose first single was about to
come out. The single in question was called ’Love Me Do’ by a then
unknown group called, The Beatles.”
He also claims to have been with the band on their historic maiden-journey to the US for their first ever concert-tour there. “It was in February 1964,” he states. “I
accompanied The Beatles to the United States. As we were touching down
at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, we saw hundreds of kids waiting
below. George Harrison turned to me and said, ‘look at all those people
down there. There must be someone famous flying in.’ It turned out of
course, that they were all screaming for them. I felt incredibly lucky
to be there and see The Beatles adventure evolve.”
* Michael McCartney
Younger brother of Beatle Paul, he achieved a modicum of Pop-music
success himself during the 1960s with The Scaffold, a band in which he
performed under his alternative name, Mike McGear.
PHOTO: Michael McCartney
In 2006, he was cleared of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old waitress
at a family party. She’s said to have accused him of placing his hand
over her trousers and then moving it from her thigh to her bottom. He’s
reported to have denied this, arguing that he merely touched her back in
a “fatherly gesture.”
* Rolf Harris
Already mentioned, he appeared onstage with The Beatles during their
Christmas show of ‘63 / ‘64 which was, according to the book ‘The
Beatles Diary Volume 1’ by author and Paul McCartney’s very old friend,
Barry Miles, “designed for children.”
Harris also found the time during a BBC radio-interview at the
tail-end of 1963 to record an impromptu musical collaboration with the
group – a re-working of an earlier hit novelty-single of his, ‘Tie Me
Kangaroo Down Sport’…
* Wilfrid Brambell
Actor who is best-known for his role as Harold Steptoe in the hugely successful British TV sit-com of the 1960s and ‘70s, ‘Steptoe and Son.’
In 1964 he took on the role of Paul McCartney’s fictional grandfather in The Beatles’ debut movie, ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’
One thing I certainly recall from my pre-teen years in the late 1970s
and early ‘80s is the little mutterings I’d hear in the classroom from
my school-mates every now and again about ‘Steptoe the kiddie-fiddler’ and such-like.
PHOTO: Wilfred Brambell
In 2012 came this article from ‘The Telegraph’ centring on Brambell‘s alleged activities on the island of Jersey, situated between France and Britain…
Brambell… allegedly abused two boys in a theatre in Jersey 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 high-profile police investigation into
historical child-abuse on the island in 2008.
He claimed to have been
taken to the island’s main theatre, the Opera House, as a “treat” before
being taken backstage to meet Brambell, who he accuses of molesting him
in a back-room.
PHOTO: Brambell & Paul McCartney
The second victim, who had
not been a Haut de la Garenne resident, also claimed to have been abused
by Brambell at the theatre. The alleged victims were aged 12-13 at the
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.
Brambell became a household
name in the 1960s and ‘70s when he appeared alongside Harry H. Corbett
in ‘Steptoe and Son,’ in which he played a scruffy rag and bone man
constantly derided by his on-screen son as a “dirty old man.”
WILFRID AND RINGO STARR, PRESUMABLY WHILST ON THE SET OF ‘A HARD DAY’S NIGHT’
The allegations were made to
former Jersey health minister, Stuart Syvret, the most outspoken critic
of the island’s failure to deal with child-abuse when the Haute de la
Garenne scandal erupted…He also appeared in The Beatles A Hard
Day’s Night, playing Paul McCartney’s grand-father, after being
hand-picked for the role by the singer.
He was contacted by dozens
of people who had been abused on the island, some of whom named Jimmy
Savile as one of their abusers.”
Which brings us rather neatly back onto the man himself…
* Jimmy Savile
A couple of years or so prior to the Beatles’ Christmas shows – when
the band were still relatively unknown – Savile had booked them to
perform at a nightclub he ran in Manchester. Or so he claimed.
He’s reported to have said, “the first time they travelled over
from Liverpool and got a fiver (five pounds) for the whole gig, and they
went down well. So they came back (and) got £15.”
In the wake of the Savile revelations breaking into the mainstream
back in 2012, McCartney went public about his and The Beatles’
relationship with the paedophile.
“It’s very difficult to talk about it,” he said in an interview that year.
“The thing is, we knew Jimmy and we worked with him, he was a DJ,
an MC on some of the shows. We were working in Yorkshire and we were
still living in Liverpool. And we were coming back from a gig and he
came in our van over the Pennines. We gave him a lift. He told us all
these stories about his wartime exploits how he had been buying
chewing-gum and nylons and all that, and selling them.
“He had all sorts of stuff going on. He was the older hustler
guy, and we were very amused by these stories because he was a great
entertainer, but we dropped him off at his place outside his house and
we said, ‘can we come in for a coffee?’ and he said, ‘oh no, not tonight
“When he’d gone we thought, ‘why doesn’t he let us in, what is
it, because most people would have let us in that we gave a lift to?’ So
we always thought there was something a little bit suspect.”
The former Beatle then said:
“more generally, then, the whole sort of scene was not so PC…
that post-war boom, girls and guys, it was a much more open scene… free
love and the Pill had just come in, so it was a completely different
“The other aspect, of course, is that we, though not quite Jimmy,
we were of the age of the girls, we were all young. So if you’re now
talking about a 17, 18-year-old boy with a 15-year-old girl, we all knew
that was illegal, so we didn’t do it. We tried to make sure. We
couldn’t always be sure but there was a definite no-no involved in
under-age kids. Hey, listen, we didn’t have to worry. There were plenty
McCartney, ever the publicist and PR-conscious guy that he is, looks to be protesting too much there – or have I read it wrong?
I get the impression from that interview that he’s trying to justify
his and The Beatles’ past sexual exploits for the benefit of his own
conscience – let alone to prevent any potential mud of a particularly
nasty nature from sticking to the band’s public reputation.
Back in 1964 a sum of $10,000 was said to have been paid by the
group’s management to the mother of two underage teenage girls in a bid
to stop her from going to the American Press after she complained that
both her daughters had been “detained” in John Lennon’s hotel-suite in Las Vegas during the first – and crucially-important – concert-tour of the US by The Beatles.
According to Ivor Davis a British journalist who accompanied them on
that trip in his capacity as reporter for The Express newspaper:
“the road-managers working with The Beatles on the tour were
supposed to vet the girls before letting them in, and they did for the
most part. But when a pretty girl came along nobody asked, ’do you have a
passport?’ So these underage girls were allowed through with the
“She came back a bit drunk from a casino sometime later, and
demanded to be let up to the suite. When she was refused by security,
the woman got royally pissed off, called the cops and said, ’my
daughters are being held against their will in The Beatles’ suite.’
“The cops came to investigate and they did find the underage
girls with John Lennon. John insisted to them that nothing untoward had
The same incident in that Las Vegas hotel was recounted by veteran American broadcast-journalist, Larry Kane in his book, ‘Lennon Revealed.’ Same as Ivor Davis, he travelled beside The Beatles on their ‘64 tour of America. He states:
The Beatles, carefully
watched by manager Brian Epstein and fiercely protected by road-managers
Neil Aspinall and Malcolm Evans, plus travelling Press-manager Derek
Taylor, were usually prudent in their selection of after-hours
I never once saw an underage
girl brought to The Beatles’ rooms. Except for the leaders of local
fan-clubs, who cheerfully greeted them in the dressing-rooms in most
cities for autographs or pictures, underage girls were never allowed
near The Beatles.
The band scrupulously
avoided situations that might compromise their image and their success.
But on one sultry night, or early morning depending on your own
body-clock, that strict code of avoiding underage women was violated in a
most dangerous way. And John was at the centre of it.
A heavy knock sounded on my
door around 5 am, startling me out of sleep. The face in the doorway was
that of Malcolm Evans… his eyes showed concern, and his features were
contorted in anguish. I will never forget his words:
“We need you down in the lobby. There’s been a spot of trouble with John. Can you put on a tie and a jacket?”
What could it be? I couldn’t figure it out, but I knew that whatever it was, the stakes were high.
In the hallway, Evans was
joined by Derek Taylor and Neil Aspinall. They explained that a
dangerous situation was afoot. Twin sisters were in John Lennon’s room,
catching autographs and posing for pictures with Lennon. They were part
of a group of fans that had penetrated security. Most of the visitors
had left, but these girls were sleeping on the second bed in John’s
“It’s all quite proper,” Derek Taylor said. “Not a damn thing happened in there.”
Derek added, “their mother
is in the lobby, demanding to know what they’re doing up there, and we
need you to go and tell her everything is proper.
“Where are the girls?” I
asked. Malcolm winced. Neil said nothing. Derek gave me the answer with a
finger that pointed down the hallway.
The door to John’s room was
not locked. Derek opened it. John was dozing on the bed, his eyes
half-open. The twin sisters rested on the edge of the second bed, their
eyes glazing at the TV on the bureau.
It was then I understood the magnitude of the potential problem.
“Why me? I’m not going to be part of any lying,” I said.
“There’s nothing to lie about. They just came in to visit,” Derek insisted.
I turned and asked, “why me?”
Derek answered, “you’re a reporter. You look trustworthy.”
I made it clear that I would trust his word, but refused to play any part in a whitewash.
Mal Evans and I took the
elevator to the lobby. We approached a woman in her mid-thirties who
appeared to be shaken with worry. Where had she been while her daughters
were sneaking past security to join a party with a Rock and Roll band
upstairs? The casino-chips in her hand provided the most likely answer.
Still, this woman also held in her hands the power to destroy the
good-guy image of The Beatles.
Taking Taylor’s word, I
identified myself to the mother and explained the girls’ visit as an
innocent quest for pictures and autographs. Even though I declared my
independence as a journalist, she wasn’t convinced. But when the
elevators opened a minute later, a police officer emerged with her
daughters, both of them smiling broadly and chatting excitedly about the
details of John’s kindness. I was convinced. After all, how could two
young girls look so innocent if a sexual encounter had taken place?
Still, there was an oddity
to this episode. How did the police officer get to the room? The role of
that officer has always been a mystery to me. But I do know this – a
brief investigation into the matter was launched by the Las Vegas
police-department. There was no follow-up.
As dawn was breaking, mother
and daughter left the premises. Malcolm Evans grinned, Derek Taylor
called up Brian Epstein with a status report, and then Derek and Malcolm
thanked me warmly. Epstein was furious about the incident. And I still
didn’t feel good about it.
“Was John messing with those kids?” I asked.
Derek said, “no.”
Was I naïve or uncaring?
Neither. I just couldn’t believe that a Beatle would risk his future by
getting involved with young girls in that way. But then again, John
sometimes walked a fine line between earnest friendship and deceptive
debauchery. Still, I was convinced this was a case of mistaken
To this day, I don’t know
exactly what happened in that hotel-room. My instincts tell me it was
pure innocence. The real story will never be known
In 1965, during another Beatles US tour, allegations of a similar
nature popped-up again, but this time they made it straight to the
As the newspaper piece below and dated from August that year states,
The Beatles were branded “the worst people ever” to visit Minneapolis by
the city’s police-inspector, Donald R. Dwyer.
Much of his criticism was focused on a party that was said to have taken place at the hotel where the band was staying.
According to the article:
“several members of the
Beatles’ touring-party were threatened with arrest… in connection with
alleged morals incidents at Leamington Motor Hotel… Dwyer said the
visitors were warned after members of the party coaxed young girls from
nearby sidewalks into fifth-floor hotel rooms.
“One of the girls, a young
blonde, emerged from McCartney’s night-chain-locked room after police
informed the tour-manager that McCartney would be jailed unless the girl
was out of the room within two minutes.
Dwyer said the girl produced
identification to prove she was 21… ‘I doubt she is older than 16,’
Dwyer said. In all, more than 10 girls ranging from 15 to 20 years of
age, were flushed out of the 20 rooms reserved for the Beatles’
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