So back in the late-90s I got a sniff of a story about a Hollywood actor who was just about coming to the showbiz fore


So back in the late-90s I got a sniff of a story about a Hollywood actor who was just about coming to the showbiz fore. It told of a chap who was being banned from a number of upmarket hotels because he was habitually harassing the male porter staff.
My source was impeccable, and had never let me down before or since. But I had no first party people to quote, so decided to run the story as a blind item to see if anyone would pick up on it.
However, I was advised to drop the story by some senior management who suggested that this character (or his people) were incredibly litigious, and had a reputation for threatening to sue anyone who so much as suggested that they might be gay.
Whether this story was sound or just showbiz tittle tattle was never fully established, but I wasn’t surprised to see this fella in the news for some distinctly similar behaviour over the last couple of days.
So when people say “if anyone knew, then why didn’t they say anything?” about this kind of case, please be aware that it wasn’t always for wont of trying, but that for some of us jobbing scribes the risk of putting the story out there without the might of a major publisher and their legal department behind you is just a bit too high to take.
Hopefully though comeuppance will be very satisfyingly served.

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Chris Redman

November 7, 2017

Exactly the same with a certain Welsh metal band’s singer a few years back.

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    Marc Monitör

    November 1, 2017

    I am fairly sure you are not going to sued for defamation if you nMe him

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    Chris Redman

    November 1, 2017

    Could have been Budgie.

    Clue…it’s not Budgie.

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Marc Monitör

November 9, 2017

I am fairly sure you are not going to sued for defamation if you nMe him

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Chris Redman

November 9, 2017

Could have been Budgie.

Clue…it’s not Budgie.

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Andy Horsman

November 7, 2017

Now it’s collapsing around his ears like a proverbial house of cards………

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    Roy Delaney

    October 31, 2017

    Good work.

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Roy Delaney

November 7, 2017

Good work.

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Jim Tilbey

November 7, 2017

Gay or straight, sex pests deserve to be exposed.

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Steve Final

November 7, 2017

johnny rotten talking about jimmy Saville getting closed down too springs to mind.

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Ed Ley

November 8, 2017

And happy to play with the ambiguity when it pays, too…

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Roy Delaney

November 8, 2017

Let us not forget this little gem, also…

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/apr/20/film.filmnews

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    Roy Delaney

    November 1, 2017

    Yep.

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    Bobby Brock-Jenkins

    November 1, 2017

    There is more!?

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    Roy Delaney

    November 1, 2017

    Yep.

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Roy Delaney

November 8, 2017

Yep.

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Andrew Brook

November 8, 2017

See that is where every gay man in the land just went – ‘he’s been cruising’ and went back to their cornflakes.

Didn’t everyone else assume the same thing?

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    Roy Delaney

    November 1, 2017

    And most of the rest of us, to be honest.

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Roy Delaney

November 8, 2017

And most of the rest of us, to be honest.

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Mark Jenkins

November 9, 2017

Mind if I share this?

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    Roy Delaney

    November 1, 2017

    If you like, boss!

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Roy Delaney

November 9, 2017

If you like, boss!

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Lee Rose-Parsfield

November 9, 2017

I’ve known he was gay for years. I’ve got a couple of actor mates, and they both got sexually harassed by him in his hotel room. At different times, I might add.


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