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Stuart Hall 'said offending was manic episode'

By Pat Hurst

Stuart Hall was "remorseless" in explaining away his sexual offending as a "manic phase", a court has heard.

The veteran former BBC broadcaster allegedly made the comments after he was first arrested for sex offences involving young girls in December 2012.

It was said to a woman, known only as Girl B, who later also went on to claim that Hall raped her.

Hall is on trial at Preston Crown Court accused of repeatedly raping Girl B and another youngster.

He spoke to Girl B after his initial arrest on suspicion of a series of indecent assaults on other women and before she accused him herself.

Girl B told the court: "Stuart told me... 'What on Earth were these girls saying? How could they remember so long ago?'

"We were on our own. I said 'Stuart, you can't tell me you know nothing, you can't remember. I know that it happened, you know that it happened to me and I remember a lot.'

Girl B went on: "He was very remorseless. He said it was a manic phase he was going through at the time. Very remorseless."

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