I recall feeling something like hope as I read his fine piece. How refreshing it was that one journalist was bucking the trend. Not that he was dismissing the individual claims being made mind you. But still - here, read it again folks
Fast forward almost four years and those 'future Saviles' he warned us about in his last sentence have surfaced. Only, the future Savile's have turned out to be contemporaries. Time for another article Mr Moore
The Telegraph makes you pay to read these days. Here's the few paragraphs hidden behind the paywall !
Oh dear, I hope someone legally minded, answers Mr Moore's question. Even if it is rhetorical ! But, what's he on about ? What "hush money" ? More importantly, WHEN ?
Wiki does a good background to the Johnson story. The Football abuse claims had hit the headlines a few weeks before
A whole two weeks passed before Mr Johnson's voice was heard
The background to the "hush money" being paid is nicely summarised in this Evening Standard piece. The PR machine is by December 4th in full, support for the 'victim' swing !
Chelsea today "apologised profusely" for the sexual abuse Gary Johnson said he suffered at the hands of former club chief scout Eddie Heath during the 1970s, with the club saying they have "no desire to hide any historic abuse" that is uncovered.
About that gagging order ?
More recently, against the current backdrop of wider revelations and other victims coming forward bravely to tell their story, we no longer felt it appropriate to keep the confidentiality agreement in place. It was therefore removed.
But, why did Slater and Gordon, the firm whose - cause is your case agree to be part of this 'gagging order' in 2014 ? Naturally, both they and their client would be delighted for a bit of easy hush money. I can only surmise that - in this case, the money was indeed, more important than voices being heard or helping others find theirs !
To a lower than sewer publication, the line becomes
He claims to have approached Operation Yewtree Police in 2014 who told him to 'go back to Chelsea' Only Johnson didn't want to go back to Chelsea did he ? So, where else to turn, but Yewtree's finest ?
So, he got his £50,000, we have no idea how much SG got, and he kept his gob shut. Until other voices in other rooms started being heard. Because, that's what happens once one comes forward isn't it ?
So,why isn't Slater Gordon getting it in the neck for their part in the silencing of an alleged 'victim' ? The press have been quick to attack Chelsea FC
How the hell does Slater and Gordon account for itself ?
It required Johnson not only to keep silent about the fact he had received £50,000 from Chelsea, but also to agree that: “the underlying facts of the dispute and the terms, existence, or any other detail of [the settlement] Agreement shall be kept, and will remain, confidential to the parties and their advisors.”
Scorer, whose firm is representing many sexual abuse victims giving evidence to the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse, said he could not discuss the specific details of Johnson’s case or settlement, but urged other clubs to be more open.
“It is very important that organisations are open and honest about abuse so that it can be properly dealt with and investigated, and gagging clauses should not be imposed to prevent organisations being open and honest about abuse which has occurred and addressing it properly,” he said.
Johnson has said he felt he had no option but to accept the settlement, after the police decided not to investigate because Heath is dead. He also said that the Professional Footballers Association, the players union, had not returned his call, but the PFA said an official had talked to Johnson in 2013 and advised him to go to the police.
Is it just me ? No, it isn't is it Mr Moore !!
I am indebted to a lawyer who offered this wise observation via twitter
Of course, it would have been Mr Johnson's decision to accept these terms. Indeed, had this all gone down before October 2012 I wouldn't have bothered. But it didn't, and Johnson claims to have reported to Operation Yewtree Police (the Met), before approaching Slater Gordon. Be interesting to see the actual Police report IF there was one !