Weatherman Fred Talbot ‘propositioned’ 15-year-old after saying it’s okay to be gay
Former ITV weatherman Fred Talbot propositioned a 15-year-old boy after telling him it is okay to be gay, a court heard.
The 65-year-old weatherman is accused of abusing five boys, from the 1960s until the 1980s, while a biology teacher at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.
Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard that the former teacher told 15-year-old Alan Maslen that he would be “happy to oblige” if he wanted to experiment with men.
Mr Maslen – who was not assaulted by Mr Talbot – gave witness testimony today.
He told the court: “On one occasion he told me of his bisexuality and if I ever had thoughts of having sexual contact with boys or men, it’s not to be ashamed of.
“If ever I was interested in experimentation in sexual activity with another male, then I should look no further and he would be happy to oblige.”
He claims that while his band were rehearsing in Mr Talbot’s basement, he found himself alone with the teacher.
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Mr Maslen claims the teacher propositioned him, and said: “You know what I want to do with you, don’t you?”
The witness continued: “I sprang to my feet with my electric guitar, swung it around and shouted as loudly as I could, then he stopped.”
Defense attorney Suzanne Goddard QC claimed the passage of time had “clouded” his judgement.
Mr Talbot denies all charges.
The trial continues.
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