Stuart Hall appears in court to plead not guilty to allegations of child sex abuse after his Operation Yewtree arrest

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It’s A Knockout star Stuart Hall appeared in court yesterday to answer charges relating to allegations that he sexually abused a nine year old.

As we reported recently, Stuart became one of several male celebrities who were arrested and questioned as part of the Jimmy Savile and “others” inquiry which police have called Operation Yewtree.

He was also questioned about alleged indecent assaults upon two teenagers, which apparently occurred in 1974.

Stuart, who also formerly commentated for BBC Radio 5 Live football matches – he has been suspended pending the outcome of this case – entered a plea of not guilty to all charges during the hearing yesterday at Preston Magistrates’ Court…

The Daily Star reports, “Joanne Cunliffe, prosecuting, said the case could only be dealt with at crown court. Hall will next appear on April 16 at Preston Crown Court for a case management hearing.”stuart hall

Stuart was granted conditional bail and told that he must continue to live at his home in Prestbury, Cheshire, and ordered not have unsupervised contact with any child under 17.

84 year old Stuart, who was awarded an OBE for his services to broadcasting and charity, was arrested in December at the home that he shares with his wife Hazel.

The paper adds that when he left the court, Stuart declined to comment to the waiting press.

Among other celebrities who’ve faced questioning by Operation Yewtree police are comedians Freddie Starr and Jim Davidson, convicted paedophile Gary Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, and PR guru Max Clifford.

Here’s a reminder of a recent news report about the inquiry…

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