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'Knockout' star Hall charged with rape and abuse

VETERAN BBC presenter Stuart Hall has been charged with rape and 14 counts of indecent assault on underage girls - deepening concerns about sex abuse by popular BBC personalities decades ago.

Hall (83) best known for hosting It's A Knockout in the 1970s and 1980s was questioned after Jimmy Savile was exposed last year as a serial child sex abuser, prompting a flurry of further sex crime allegations.

Hall, right, who was still appearing regularly on BBC radio programmes until recently, had already been charged with three counts of indecent assault, in December. He has denied all charges against him.


Hall was bailed to appear before magistrates in England, on February 7.

The rape was alleged to have been committed in 1976 against a 22-year-old woman, the police said.

The indecent assaults were alleged to have been committed between 1967 and 1986 and to involve 10 girls aged between nine and 16 years.

There was no immediate comment by the BBC, whose director-general was forced out of office by the Savile sex scandal.