Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall today vowed to fight sex offence allegations and "regain my honour", saying he had been through a "living nightmare" since the charges were brought.
Speaking 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 10 girls aged between nine and 16, which allegedly took place between 1967 and 1986.
One of those alleged 'indecent assaults' apparently consisted of Hall kissing a 13 year old girl on the lips in the 1970's. If this is true, then it's just one of a number of ways that Operation
Re-Write History Yewtree is breaking the law, in this case the EU charter of citizen's fundamental rights, which forbids the punishing of a person for a crime that would not have attracted the same punishment when committed : http://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf
Principles of legality and proportionality of criminal offences and penalties
1. No one shall be held guilty of any criminal offence on account of any act or omission which did
not constitute a criminal offence under national law or international law at the time when it was
committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than that which was applicable at the time the
criminal offence was committed. If, subsequent to the commission of a criminal offence, the law
provides for a lighter penalty, that penalty shall be applicable.