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Stuart Hall charged with rape and indecent assault

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Stuart Hall has been charged with one offence of rape and 14 offences of indecent assault.

The 83-year-old was charged by Lancashire Police earlier today (January 22), having originally been arrested and bailed in December.

 Stuart Hall pictured at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire in December 2011

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The former It's a Knockout presenter is alleged to have raped a 22-year-old woman in 1976.

The indecent assault offences are said to have involved 10 girls aged between 9 and 16, and were reportedly committed between 1967 and 1986.

Hall has been bailed to appear before magistrates in Preston on February 7, according to BBC News.

Stuart Hall leaves Preston Magistrates Court today after pleading not guilty to the sexual abuse of young girls.
Picture date: Monday January 7, 2013.

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[Stuart Hall leaves Preston Magistrates Court earlier this month]

Hall pleaded not guilty to indecent assault charges when he appeared in court earlier this month.

Hall is best known for his presenting duties on It's a Knockout from 1972 to 1982.

He was also the original host of Question of Sport, and still contributes to BBC Radio 5 Live.

Hall is renowned for his flamboyant style of commentating, and has claimed to have coined the football phrase "the beautiful game".

He was given an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list for services to broadcasting and charity at the end of 2011.

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