With Operation Yewtree still in full swing, investigating the indecent and illegal behaviour the late Top Of The Pops presenter, Jimmy Savile engaged in with underage girls and boys, one of his peers, magician Paul Daniels, has sensationally admitted to doing the same!
The Sun newspaper today reports that former Strictly Come Dancing contestant, Daniels now 74, has revealed the details of a passionate encounter with a drunk hitch-hiker who, unbeknown to him at the time, was still at school.
However, Daniels insists that this was not intentional, and that he had no idea that the girl was underage, and that when he found out he felt physically sick!
According to the TV veteran, the pair went no further than heavy petting after he picked up the girl in his car late at night, adding that it was “impossible” in those days to tell the real age of his young fans:
“I kissed her goodnight and it got a bit more passionate. Thank God it didn’t get too passionate because something she said sent a shiver down my spine — she said she was still at school.”
The pair met when Daniels, who is married to his on-screen assistant, Debbie McGee, spotted the girl walking home in the early hours of the morning:
“I gave her a lift and drove on into the night whilst the more-than-slightly tiddly girl moaned on about her boyfriend ignoring her in the pub that night and that she would get own back on him.
“Oh goodie for me, I thought.”
However, after kissing the girl she admitted to still being at school:
“I had her out of the car as fast as I could and I drove off with the lights off so she couldn’t see my number plate! I felt sick.”
This news comes just hours after Jimmy Savile’s former BBC producer, Ted Beston, was arrested on Wednesday as part of the on-going police investigation, Operation Yewtree.
Jimmy Savile, who passed away last November, is currently being investigated after 400 alleged victims came forward to claim they were abused by him after the ITV documentary show, Exposure: The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile, exposed his dark secrets.
With regards to Operation Yewtree, Daniel’s opinions are somewhat controversial, excusing some of the monstrous behaviour that went on, claiming it was “impossible” to tell their teenage groupie’s ages, adding:
“The super-short mini-skirts, the teetering high heels, the full slap (make up) made it, as I say, impossible.
“I think most people would agree that still applies today and maybe more so.
“Did I have such a life? Yes. I would be lying if I said I didn’t. Were they all over 16? OMG I hope so. Can I remember them? No.”
“Life back then was a blur and therein lies a major problem with what is going on now. It was 35 to 40 years ago. How the hell can you say you did or didn’t?
“Anyone can come along and claim to have been ‘abused’ by anyone they care to name.”
“If you were in showbusiness women really did come after you, and I guess they still do.
“Mostly, they would go after the pop scene but it may come as a surprise when I tell you that comedians, impressionists, even magicians, were chatted up and sex was out there and laid on the line.”
However, after his close-encounter, Daniels admits he was much more careful: “Maybe that scare was a good thing ’cos from then on I would talk about their jobs or whatever before anything went too far.”
With regards to Savile himself, Daniels went on: “I don’t think that there is now any doubt that Mr Savile was a bad guy. What I do find odd about the stories now emerging however is when a ‘victim’ went on TV and stated she had gone back to his dressing room quite a few times.
“Nobody seemed to take much notice of the headmistress of the girls’ school who said what people were not taking into account was, her words, these were ‘bad girls, who would do anything for a fag.’ “A bad guy? Undoubtedly, but I have been wondering if all of the accusers are for real.
“I can fully understand some women not wanting to talk about what happened to them, but for over 400 of them to keep quiet for 40 years seems strange.”
The Sun has been unable to contact Daniels.
The post about the girl was removed from the Life and Times of Paul Daniels site last night