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  • 8 May 2014, 23:07

Stuart Hall 'Raped 12-Year-Old Against Wall'

A woman broke down in the witness box as she recalled being allegedly raped by former broadcaster Stuart Hall when she was 12 years old.

Now in her forties, she told Preston Crown Court she had been cleaning out stables when Hall, who was a family friend, arrived on a motorbike and raped her against a wall.

The woman's friends in the public gallery also cried as she told the jury: "I was extremely frightened and very shocked, almost to the point of immobility.

"I didn't say anything. I didn't do anything. I was just like a rag doll."

She wept again as she told the jury that Hall raped her a second time after a dinner party at her parents' house.

She said: "I didn't want my father to be ashamed of me. I felt incredibly dirty, ashamed, confused and very frightened.

"I chose to bury it because I didn't want anyone to be disappointed in me."

Another of Hall's alleged rape victims told the court she had not made allegations in an effort to get compensation.

Asked under cross-examination if she was after money, the woman told the court: "If I was purely after compensation do you really, honestly believe I would have put myself through this?"

It was revealed that last year her solicitor had approached Stuart Hall's lawyer seeking 20,000 compensation.

She told Hall's defence barrister, Crispin Allyett QC: "You are making me sound like a gold-digger but there are easier ways to make money."

The woman, now in her fifties, says she was around 14 when the presenter began raping and indecently assaulting her after plying her with alcohol.

She told the court the defendant would mix her drinks and that she would become "disgustingly drunk".

Asked why she had waited until last year to come forward, she said she had been angered by the fact that Stuart Hall had been sentenced to only 15 months imprisonment after pleading guilty in a separate sex abuse case.

The sentence was later doubled by the Court of Appeal.

The woman said that Hall had "ruled the roost" and that she had no choice but to go along with his sexual demands.

Hall denies 15 charges of rape and five out of six indecent assault charges.

The allegations relate to two women and are said to have happened over a five-year period from 1976 when the celebrity was in his forties.

Hall became famous for presenting the BBC television programme It's A Knockout from 1972.

The trial continues.

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