Phillip Schofield’s brother Timothy told him about sex with teenage boy, court hears | UK News
TV star Phillip Schofield said ‘f***, stop’ to his brother when he was told about a sex act he had with a teenager, a court has heard.
In a written statement, the This Morning presenter, 60, said his brother ‘made it sound like a one-off’ and the celebrity told him ‘this must never happen again’.
The two spoke face-to-face on September 12, 2021 after Timothy Schofield drove to his famous brother’s London home from Bath after being in an “extremely agitated state” and “was about to commit suicide,” the jurors heard.
The 54-year-old defendant is charged with 11 child sex offenses between October 2016 and October 2019, which allegedly began when the alleged victim was a teenager. The most serious charge involved a sexual act with the child.
Timothy Schofield, a civilian police officer, “does not dispute” that he and the plaintiff watched pornography together, but disputes “when it started”, according to Schofield’s attorney Peter Binder.
In his statement to Exeter Crown Court, Phillip Schofield said he was washing the dishes when his brother stood behind him and said: ‘you’re going to hate me for what I’m about to say’.
“I said there was nothing he could say that would make me hate him. Then he said he and (the boy) had been spending time together and last year they had been watching movies. porn… and (masturbated)”.
“I turned around and said, ‘What did you just say? He said it was last year and we were alone together.
“Tim said it was just once. I told him it should never happen again.
“He then started talking to me about the body (of the boy).
“I said, ‘F***, stop.’
“I said, ‘I don’t want you to tell me anymore.’ I said, ‘You have to stop, just never do it again. No matter how it happened, it must never happen again’.
“Tim looks like it was just ‘(boy) time’.
“I said, ‘What’s the time (boy)?'”
“Timothy Schofield’s head was a mess”
In the statement, the TV host said that before his brother went to his house, the defendant called the star in an agitated state.
Mr Schofield said: “Tim was in an extremely agitated state and he said he was about to kill himself. He said his head was a mess.”
When he arrived at Mr Schofield’s house hours later, the defendant was ‘as angry as I have ever seen him’, the court heard.
During the face-to-face conversation, Mr Schofield said he urged his brother to see his GP and seek advice.
The anonymous plaintiff told the trial yesterday that he was around 13 when Schofield’s alleged offense began.
But the defendant’s solicitor, Peter Binder, said: ‘It is his (Schofield’s) case that you exaggerated how long this practice went on, that it only lasted about 18 months between the age of 16 and about 17 and a half. and that’s true, isn’t it?
The plaintiff said the lawyer’s claim was “erroneous”.
Schofield denies three counts of causing a child to watch sexual activity, three of participating in sexual activity in the presence of a child, three of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and two of sexual activity with a child.
The accused worked for Avon and Somerset Police as a computer technician when the alleged attacks took place.
The trial continues.