Right, let’s just take a moment to reflect on what a year 2012/2013 has been for TV stars past and present.
Then we need to ask ourselves, is there anyone left whose enjoyed a television career (whether this be now or then) that isn’t actually a deviant or nasty little sex pest?
We are seriously starting to think that there’s not.
Because after the news of Jimmy Savile, Rolf Harris, Max Clifford, Kevin Webster (or whatever his real name is) etc we now have news that Ken Barlow of Coronation Street, or at least William Roache of Wimslow has been arrested.
Roache, who once claimed he had slept with over a 1,000 women and regular appears on Coronation Street dressed in nothing but a Kimono has been arrested by police for a historical allegation of raping a 15 year old girl in 1967.
For some, the arrest of Bill whose nickname is Cock Roache hasn’t come as much of a surprise. Just last week he made comments on New Zealand’s One News stating that people should be ‘totally forgiving’ of paedophile – I wonder why that could have been?
He told One News “If you accept that you are pure love, and if you know that you are pure love and therefore live that pure love, these things won’t happen to you.”
News anchor Bray then asked him: “To some people, that sounds perhaps like you’re saying victims bring things on themselves. Is that what you’re saying?”
Roache replied “Not quite, but then, yes I am, because everything that happens to us has been a result of what we have been in previous lives.”
The 80-year-old star also claimed that “whether they’re proven guilty or not, we should not be judgmental about anybody, ever”, as he discussed paedophilia.
He added: “If somebody has done something wrong, then the law will take its course. But we shouldn’t go around condemning. We should always be totally forgiving about everything.”
Roache said it was a complex situation that had been stirred up by the Jimmy Savile case.
He went on: “Paedophilia is absolutely horrendous. Paedophiles should be sought out, rooted out and dealt with. But there’s a fringe of people who, particularly pop singers, they have these groupies. These girls who come, they’re sexually active, sexually mature. They don’t ask for their birth certificate, they don’t know what age they may be.
“But they’re certainly not grooming them and exploiting them but they can be caught in this trap. These people are instantly stigmatised. Some will be innocent, some will not. But until such time as it’s proven, there should be anonymity for both.”
It seems as though many of these celebrities are already writing their own defence notes for their up-coming court cases.
As well as being Editor here at The Spin Alley, Rachael is also a freelance journalist and blogger covering lifestyle, travel, culture, entertainment, media and online life for online and print publications.