Max Clifford PR Guru appears to be the latest arrest by officers working on Operation Yewtree in the UK. This police operation was set up following the historical allegations of child abuse regarding the late Jimmy Savile.
It did not take long for other celebrities to find that their names were being linked to sexual abuse. First there was the late John Peel and then Gary Glitter.
Gary Glitter is a convicted paedophile and so in many ways his name being linked to all of this was not unexpected. Along the way a former senior Tory politican was wrongly identified and accused publicly heralding litigation.
On it went. Comedian Freddie Starr was arrested and then a less well known person. Each time it is a known personality it will be so much worse for their loved ones. It is of course always bad for the vicitms of abuse.
Yes if they have done wrong then so be it but many of the accusations dated back years and presumably families had little idea of any of this.
In the case of Savile it now seems that many people were complicit in his abusive behaviour by keeping quiet.
Dave Lee Travis was next to be arrested but not with regard to child abuse. Operation Yewtree now has allegations to investigate in relation to young women. One was that one of the accused grabbed at her breasts and another that he shoved a hand up her skirt. The women involved were in their late teens. It was the late 60s and 70s. Why has it taken so long for all of this to come out? You tell me. It will make many believe that some of the victims are simply jumping onto a bandwagon.
Former TV Personality Stuart Hall was questioned by police yesterday and the latest news is that Max Clifford is now helping operation yewtree with its inquiries.
When all of this first spilled into the public domain Clifford went on air to say that he had been contacted by many celebrities who feared a knock at the door from a person working on Operations Yetree. Ironic then that he is the latest scalp.
Details are still sketchy as it is breaking news. He becomes the fith person arrested as obviously Savile and Peel are now beyond the long arm of the law, that is they are dead.
69-year-old Max has not been named by police as the latest arrest but SkyNews appear to have the information.
OPINION All of the men arrested have been getting on in years. The accusations date back many many years. Why are people coming forward now? Is it rather that police have such allegations on file but have failed to investigate in the past?
What needs to be made clear is that most of these other men are not accused of child abuse but rather sexual abuse of an adult. Whilst that is still wrong there is a difference in many people's minds. Known paedophiles face a great deal of attacks from the public, rightly so you may feel. The police need to do their job now properly and as quickly as possible. As long as there are veiled insinuations about a person there is the potential for greater harm.
Updates to follow......................
As always when you rush to post a breaking news report you will wish you had worded parts of it differently. That said I stand by what is written above. Why are all of these victims coming forward now? And yes in the eyes of readers such as John/Bob the people accusing are victims although until a trial follows that is debatable surely.
We are quick in the 21st Century to throw away justice. However long standing these allegations are justice must be served. Witch hunts are non productive and never help the victims of abuse.
As to the fact that police failed to act on abuse allegations in the past if a proper investigation is allowed to be run then that must be addressed also. It remains hard to believe that 100s of victims of sexual or child abuse at the hands of celebrities came forward inthe past but their allegations were never investigated. If that is true it is a sorry indictment of British police.
John I presume that maybe you thought better of your first abusive rant and opted to come back and post as Bob in a more reasonable manner. As both comments are from the same ISP address what more can I assume?
That proves though that words are sometimes chosen badly. The fact is that currently various celebrities have been helping police with their inquiries regarding allegations of histprical sexual or child abuse. Additionally yes there is a difference between types of abuse and the damage it causes.
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