Before entering Celebrity Big Brother 2015 and being accused of looking like he’s escaped from a home by Katie Hopkins, Coronation Street’s Ken Morley admitted that he ‘groped and grabbed’ women during the 1980s, alongside television pals.
The former soap star boasted of his activities in an pre-CBB interview, and claimed that it was a ‘promiscuous age’ and ‘everyone was at it.’
The 71-year-old actor made the controversial revelations in an interview with The Sun, where he also admitted that he believes Operation Yewtree, which has been investigating sexual abuse allegations in the media, has become a witch hunt against some of those accused and arrested, including Jim Davidson.
He explained: “You look at panto people, the dancers that were doing it. They wouldn’t do it now because it’s so suggestive.
“Why shouldn’t it be suggestive? We’ve got a puritan element coming into it now.
“You’re terrified of laying your hand on a woman now as a man because you know they’ll say, ‘Christ, I’ve been assaulted’, or ‘You’re in my personal space’. We have gone a bit too far at the moment.”
Ken, who played Reg in Corrie, added: “It was a promiscuous age at that time.
“Everybody was at it, I was at it, we were all at it. Groping and grabbing was just part of the course.
“It was regarded as normal. Some get done, some don’t, don’t they?”
As well as discussing his own past, he also spoke about the authorities’ response to the allegations that emerge, claiming that they’re “still very touchy about paedophiles” and that views on the age of consent are “all over the place.”
He continued: “The age of consent has to be decided upon and it’s all a case of agreement and sensibility.
“You have to mark out that children leave school at 15 or 16 and anything beyond that — you’re on a very risky wicket. I know in some parts 14 is accepted for having children.”
After calling Hitler a “funny guy” in the odd interview, Ken also revealed that he’s slept with an “enormous amount” of girls and that he won’t be shy in watching any bedroom fumbles in the house. Erm, WHUT?!
He admitted: “I would probably watch if housemates started having sex next to me — I would award points for style and performance. I’m not shy of anything, its natural thing that they do.
“I had intercourse with an enormous amount of women, that’s the way it was. I was about 18 or 19 when the pill came in.
“We’ve reached that point in our lifestyle where nobody is shocked anymore.”
Ken’s claims have already caused some social media users to express their shock at his bold claims, with some questioning whether he could be investigated as part of Operation Yewtree.
There’s no doubt that Ken will continue to attract backlash for his controversial revelations, especially from those working against ‘everyday sexism,’ and who (rightfully) believe that groping is never okay.
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