Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown has testified in court today in the trial of TV weatherman Fred Talbot, who is facing charges of indecent assault.
Talbot faces 10 counts of indecent assault. He is accused of assaulting five boys in a period spanning from the late 1960s to the 1980s, which includes a period during which Talbot taught at Altrincham Grammar School. Brown, a former student of the school, is not one of the five complainants.
Brown appeared at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court earlier today (January 27) as a witness for the prosecution. During his time in court he stated that Talbot asked him and other students if they masturbated and to “go home and try it”.
The singer also said that Talbot showed boys a short Super-8 film of a man “in denim” masturbating. “It was only years later I realised it was probably a gay porn film. It wasn’t a sex education film,” Brown told the court. See below for detailed reports from ITV and The Guardian reporters from the trial.
Four of the five boys were teenage pupils at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, where Talbot taught biology. He denies all 10 counts of indecent assault. The trial continues.