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Paul Gambaccini -- it's a strange world.

Discussion in 'Personal' started by TCSC47, Nov 3, 2018.

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  1. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    We can hear all about the accusations against Gambaccini causing him several years of anguish, but are not allowed to know the amount that the CPS has paid out to him in compensation. It's a strange world.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46080092
     
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  2. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Perhaps he deserves some privacy after the pain of false accusations.
     
  3. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Both points are fair.

    A/ transparency in the public sector (the taxpayer will end up footing this bill)
    B/ the individual's right to privacy
     
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  4. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Aw that's not playing the internet game @grumpydogwoman
     
  5. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    What riles me is that people such as Alison Saunders, responsible for this new policy of guilty until proved innocent, don't get to pay for their mistakes. It is we taxpayers that pay for her errors. It is like the civil servants at the Home Office running their own unauthorised policies. Public servants who serve their own prejudices instead of serving the public whio pay their salaries.
     
  6. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    This is a fair point, but I think Paul Gambaccini would see the irony in the situation, himself.
     
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  7. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    TBH, I don’t see why a level of financial compensation is a matter of privacy; in reality it is a matter of politics. If this is a hoofing amount, it returns focus to the errors and bandwagon decisions of the CPS -and the Home Office, and will be subject to parliamentary questions etc.

    Best just say a quick sorry, pay hush-hush and back to business as normal!
     
  8. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I'm sorry - the man's life and career were almost ruined by false allegations.

    Whatever he got - he deserves it.
     
  9. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    What if it wasn't a celebrity? Would there be the same level of compensation, if any?
     
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  10. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    The reality is this country seems to be moving to guilt by insinuation.You are also trialled by the media and as a result...even if cleared, you stay taineted,particularly of you have been added to a sex offenders list.
    Unless arrested no names should be issued and no media allowed to trial you till a court have proved you guilty. Unfortunately, once you throw the mud you have no control where it sticks and the mess it might make.
     
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  11. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    What if he were Cliff Richard? A five-figure sum would surely not be enough? Sir Cliff got £400,000 from West Yorkshire Police. Our money, of course. :(

    (I'd better be careful, though, because I think the CPS said of Cliff that there was "not enough evidence to prosecute" when it could well have been, as in the case of Gambaccini, there was no evidence at all - so Sir Cliff might yet sue the CPS himself).

    EDIT: I think the CPS also lied about Gambaccini's accusers, saying they were "under age" when they were not.
     
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  12. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    The law sets out guidelines for the penalties that have to be imposed on those found guilty, whatever their societal status. A celebrity found guilty of rape will serve the same term in prison as anyone else. I think compensation for damages should be applied on exactly the same basis.
     
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  13. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    And we get to keep paying for her. £1.5 mil of our money in her pension pot, as of 2015.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uk...ay-package-for-CPS-chief-Alison-Saunders.html
     
  14. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    Great. Now do Brett Kavanaugh.
     
  15. Oscillatingass

    Oscillatingass Star commenter

    If one is not a celebrity, one does not rely on public support for one's livelihood thus a factory worker wrongly accused would most likely not have his/her income destroyed by this whereas Mr Gambaccini would. For this reason I think it is reasonable to pay public figures more in compensation when wrongly accused than none public figures.
     
  16. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Why do you suggest that? A factory worker's career and reputation can be just as easily destroyed by malicious accusations. There will always be rumours going round the workplace and community, with the tendency to believe there's no smoke without fire.
     
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  17. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    You can only claim compensation commensurate with losses.

    So other workers might very well get large payments. Partly depends whether it's settled in or out of court.
     
  18. JosieWhitehead

    JosieWhitehead Star commenter

    What is so puzzling in many of these cases is that at the time of the occurrence nothing is said, but years later - and especially if and when the person is a well-paid/rich celebrity, it is reported. I wonder why? If you're not a celebrity or not rich, they'll have no interest in your claim I guess.
     
  19. Oscillatingass

    Oscillatingass Star commenter

    The factory worker could move to another area and no one would be any the wiser, this is not possible if one is a public figure.
     
  20. JosieWhitehead

    JosieWhitehead Star commenter

     

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