Solihull actor charged with making false abuse claim against Tory politician Ken Clarke
Former Bill star Ben Fellows faces court date after being accused of perverting the course of justice
An actor is due to go on trial later this year charged with making a false claim that former cabinet minister Ken Clarke indecently assaulted him in 1994.
Ben Fellows, 40, of Redstone Farm Road, Olton, Solihull, Birmingham, is charged with perverting the course of public justice on November 30 2012 by making an allegation of sexual assault against the MP.
The case was brought before Mr Justice Sweeney at the Old Bailey last Friday.
The court heard that Fellows would appear for a plea and case management hearing on March 20 with a provisional two-week trial due to start on July 20.
A High Court judge will be appointed for the trial.
Former justice secretary Mr Clarke, 74, has represented Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire as Member of Parliament since 1970 and is contesting his seat at the upcoming general election.
According to entertainment site IMDb, the actor appeared in The Bill in the early 1990s before starring in the TV film Sugar Sugar alongside Doctors and Hollyoaks star Sarah Manners.
Solihull actor Ben Fellows charged with perverting the course of justice
West Midlands Police arrested the former The Bill actor at Birmingham International Airport
An actor from Solihull is being held in custody after being charged with perverting the course of justice.
Ben Fellows, of Redstone Farm Road, Olton, who is understood to have been living on the Spanish island of Lanzarote in recent months, is due to appear before Southwark Crown Court on December 29.
The 40 year-old was arrested at Birmingham International Airport in the early hours of Monday morning by officers from West Midlands Police on behalf of Metropolitan Police.
The Birmingham Mail understands that the 40 year-old’s charges relate to Scotland Yard’s Operation Fairbank investigation into a paedophile ring linked to Westminster.
According to entertainment site IMDb the actor appeared in The Bill in the early 1990s before starring in TV film Sugar Sugar alongside Doctors and Hollyoaks star Sarah Manners.
A spokeswoman from West Midlands Police said: “Police arrested a 40-year-old man at Birmingham International Airport at 00.39am today on behalf of the Metropolitan Police.
“The arrested man was detained on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and was transferred to Metropolitan Police custody.”
A spokesman from the Met said: “Benjamin Matthew Fellows, 40, of Redstone Farm Road, Olton, Birmingham was charged on 15 December with committing an act/ series of acts with the intent to pervert a course of public justice between November 14 and 14 December, 2012.
“He appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court on 15 December and was remanded in custody to appear before Southwark Crown Court on December 29.”
was out feasting on a nightly cocktail of champagne and cocaine, unwittingly being paraded like a glittering
And it’s only now, as the Jimmy Savile sex scandal engulfs the BBC, that he feels compelled to lift the lid on a culture of depravity and wanton excess that reaches the very heart of Britain’s entertainment industry and shines a light on the corporation which is held so dear by the general public that it is affectionately known as Auntie.
She knew how old I was. I was just 15 for goodness sake but it didn’t seem to matter
He was propositioned by married actors and thespians with a penchant for boys and was almost raped in a grubby hotel room by one of the biggest TV stars of the Eighties.
“As a child actor you are not responsible for your actions, you’re naive and vulnerable, so saying no when powerful
An intelligent man, now aged 37 and a successful filmmaker living in South London, Ben has taken more than 20 years to fully understand the world he once inhabited.
It was in Clapham in 1990 that a 15-year-old Ben, who was filming Model Millie for the corporation, claims that he was plied with alcohol and drugs, seduced and then shamelessly taken advantage of by a BBC employee who, incredibly, later worked in children’s entertainment.
WILD TIMES WITH A SHOWBIZ ICON
The now veteran darlings of light entertainment have made names for themselves with multiple primetime successes, loved by the BBC and always in demand.
What people will be less familiar with are their insatiable appetites for cocaine.
Another male comedy star who regularly appeared on prime time TV invited Ben to an end of production party at BBC Television Centre where anything went including, so it would appear, lines of cocaine.
The culture of drug taking at the corporation during the late Eighties and early Nineties was so prevalent that this man had his drugs personally dispatched by motorcycle courier.
And they were bought on expenses.
Naturally Ben, who was still a young teenager at this time, was encouraged to take lines of the highly-addictive drug at these wild parties.
He says: “I was only a boy of 14 but I thought I was an adult. It was a really heady time. When someone offers you coke at the BBC like this comic did it didn’t seem strange because it was happening all the time.
“The end-of-run parties as they are called are riotous. Often someone would try and do something to you, a grope or similar, and if you didn’t respond they would move on to the next person.”
Although he didn’t witness any horrific rape, sexual assault or molestation (the like of which has been well-documented in the sordid Savile scandal) he did see one doyen of light entertainment take a clutch of young girls back to his dressing room.
On another occasion during a rehearsal for Model Millie Ben claims that he and his child co-stars were invited to a cocaine-fuelled party on BBC premises hosted by two of the BBC’s biggest stars of the time.
“It got very late and I was very drunk. At that point (one of Britain’s best-loved stars) said to me, ‘Do you want to do some coke?’ so we slipped off to a dressing room. The problem was, I was just 15.
“She was so drunk that later in the evening she was walking around with her breasts hanging out.”
And Ben adds: “Prostitutes and escorts coming into the BBC was happening as standard.
“They would get you what you wanted as long as the ratings were being pulled in. The attitude was ‘nothing is going to get in the way of the BBC’.”
AN INDECENT PROPOSAL FROM A SUPERSTAR
The only time Ben says he feared for his life was when a Hollywood icon tried to rape him.
At the time the young actor was appearing in a West End play and as was the norm members of the cast and crew would regularly meet in late-night bars afterwards to relax.
The married British-born screen legend, who was one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry in the Eighties, approached Ben in a hotel bar and showered him with free drinks.
He later walked with Ben, who was a little worse for wear, to his hotel and helped him into his room before slamming the door shut.
Ben says: “He came up behind and then proceeded to force himself on me. I was feeling as if I wanted to be sick at any moment but couldn’t move.
“Amazingly, my friend was looking for me as I had disappeared from the bar suddenly and burst through the door as this star was on top of me.
“Then he punched me in the face to make it look as if it was all just a game and the rolling around was part and parcel of it. I thought I was in real danger.”
SEEDY SECRETS OF THE WEST END STAGE
As a child actor looking for bit-parts in stage musicals and repertory theatre Ben was mindful of being enthusiastic but there were limits as to what he was prepared to do to get a role.
One married icon of the industry groped Ben, he claims, in his office and tried to force his tongue down his throat after he was invited up for a “cosy chat”.
Naturally, in the bitchy world of professional theatre, Ben was discarded when this man’s advances were spurned.
However the incident also ruined his chances of appearing on stage as he was blanked whenever their paths crossed after that.
On another occasion a married, English-born actor stripped off completely naked in his dressing room before saying to Ben: “Tell every famous person you meet what you want to do and how hard you have trained.”
One of the most surprising names to be mentioned by Ben is that of a married, classically-trained stage and screen actor with a long list of credits to his name who preyed on Ben after he auditioned for a minor part in a major West End musical.
The actor, who will be known to millions for his appearance in an iconic movie during the Nineties, met the youngster after the matinee performance of the musical and invited him to come to his dressing room.
He was wearing only a dressing gown but he was fully exposed.
He circled Ben like a vulture as the teenger desperately tried to move from the window, to the door and back again, before he was able to make his excuses and leave.
The BBC was approached for comment but had not returned our calls before The Daily Express went to press.
“My opinion on Kenneth Clarke apart from what is in the media is based on stuff that’s been brought to us at protests. Unfortunately at protests you had different people come to us who said Kenneth Clarke used to take a minibus from children’s homes down to London and, they used to stay in a flat over the weekend, be abused and, come back. And they’d be totally messed up from the drugs that had been forced upon them. Then, I actually got one that said to me where Kenneth Clarke took them was a block of flats behind Pimlico Station, he said there was a big square court yard in the middle. That square courtyard I can positively identify as being Dolphin Square. Dolphin Square is at the heart of the Westminster investigations. I gave this information to Operation Daybreak the, the lot that are looking into Nottingham’s sexual abuse allegations. Not content that Nottingham police would do anything with it, because we have a cover-up situation here in Nottingham between the councils and the police, I contacted Operation Midland at the Metropolitan Police and they in turn will hopefully be contacting the National, National Crime Agency” (Child abuse victim Mickey Summers).
Andrea Davison, former Intelligence operative and child abuse whistle-blower:“I am aware that the following Parliamentarians knew about the elite paedophile ring and the cover-up Willie Whitelaw, John Major, Ken Livingston, Edwina Curry, David Waddington, Michael Howard, Margaret Thatcher, Leon Brittan, Ken Clarke, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Geoffrey Dickens, Alun Michael, Rod Richards, John Merek and William Hague“.