Ian Brown gives evidence in the Fred Talbot trial
Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown has told a court that former ITV weatherman Fred Talbot tried to sexually abuse his friend on a school trip to Scotland.
The singer, now 54, was a pupil at a grammar school in Manchester where Talbot taught biology in the 1970’s. Talbot later made a name for himself presenting the weather for This Morning when it was filmed on a floating island at the Albert Dock in Liverpool.
The Stone Roses star, told the court that Talbot would organise camping trip and only invite a select group of 12 to 20 pupils. On one trip in particular, Talbot invited one of the boys to a pub while everyone else stayed at the campsite. Brown told the court: "Five minutes later Mr Talbot popped his head in and said: 'I thought you were going to stay in my tent tonight?"' Later that evening the boy came back into the tent "in a state", and claimed the defendant had tried to perform a sex act on him. The singer said that it truly shocked him, and he has never forgotten it.
Talbot is accused of carrying out the offences involving pupils aged 15-to-17 on trips in Scotland while he was employed as a school teacher. He faces eight charges of indecent assault between January 1978 and November 1981 and one of lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour in February 1978 and denies all charges.
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