Glam rock star Marc Bolan “almost certainly” abused himself, according to doctors, and may have done so at ITV studios in West London, drawing commercial television executives into an ever widening scandal.
“Self abuse of the type the late Marc Bolan was almost certainly guilty was widespread among young men in the seventies, as it probably is today” said Dr Albert Fieldman, who preferred not to be named. “Bolan almost certainly indulged in the practice, but whether he did this on 14th March 1977 in his dressing room at Teddington Studios while waiting to appear on Magpie to mime to “Ride a White Swan” is unknown. Presenter Jenny Hanley said she is “devastated” by the allegations, insisting she knew nothing about the practice at the time.
“In the sexualised seventies, the practice of self-abuse among high ranking male celebrities was rife”, said agony aunt Deirdre Sanders. “Marc touched millions of 70’s teenagers with his skinny legs, warbling vocals and curly good looks. Those girls are now in their forties and fifties, their dreams are in tatters and many are going to be too embarrassed to come forward when they hear the news of what he is alleged to have done.” Trex, the cooking fat Bolan and his band sponsored successfully in the ‘70s distanced itself from the allegations.
Meanwhile a question mark now hangs over hundreds of today’s celebrities about allegations of self-abuse. It’s understood Jeremy Clarkson has attempted to tackle the subject with humour in his Sunday Times column, ut few have read it as is still behind a paywall. “God knows what he’s getting up to in there, but this is no subject for male humour” said the Sun’s Deirdre.