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Stuart Hall vows to fight sex offence claims

Report by Stuart Appleby, Video by Ashley Fudge

Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall says he has been through a "living nightmare" since the indecent assault charges were brought against him.

Speaking on Thursday outside Preston Magistrates' Court, the 83-year-old former It's A Knockout presenter said: "The last two months of my life have been a living nightmare. I have never gone through so much stress in my life."

He thanked his "very loving family" for their support and said that without it he might have considered taking his own life.

He also questioned why the allegations had taken so long to surface.

And he said he would like to survive "another couple of years" and hoped to "regain my honour, reputation and my life".

Hall was charged by Lancashire Police last month with one count of rape allegedly committed in 1976 against a 22-year-old woman and 14 offences of indecent assault against ten girls aged between nine and 16, which allegedly took place between 1967 and 1986.

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