He was always irritating on It's A Knockout, but clearly(allegedly) he took advantage of more than a joker.
If he's found guilty it will she that he's one of those who, like Jimmy Savile, assumed his celebrity status allowed him to do anything he felt like, and who must have felt he was safe now he's in his 80s. (Clumsy wording, I know, but one is still innocent until found guilty in this country, hard as that is to believe on occasion.)
Sorry, non-Brits; this won't mean a lot to you. But it's one more entertainment figure of my childhood with a reputation trashed. Who's next - Lenny the Lion?
He always seemed a little slimy to me, but if he's guilty of what he's been charged with it's horrible. Even worse as it contributes to a picture of a Light Entertainment scene in which predatory men took advantage of children and young women as if it were a right. I know people kind of assumed that was the case with pop and rock stars and their groupies, but this, like Savile, is in the area of family entertainment, so it genuinely is shocking.