From top: Al Porter; St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin

A former psychiatric patient has claimed that Al Porter, the broadcaster and comedian, groped and kissed him while visiting a hospital in 2015.

The student, who is in his mid-twenties and who asked not to be named, spent almost six weeks as an inpatient in St Patrick’s after he was diagnosed with depression. He had previously made a suicide attempt.

Blind Date star ‘groped me on psychiatric hospital visit’ (Mark Tighe, The Sunday Times Ireland)

“No allegations, complaints or concerns have been made to St Patrick’s Mental Health Services by service users or staff in relation to these matters, and the organisation has only been made aware of the allegations regarding Mr. Al Porter this morning through a Sunday newspaper.”

Statement from St Patrick’s Hospital.

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services respond to allegations of inappropriate behaviour made against Al Porter (Independent.ie)

Meanwhile…

Top pic: Rollingnews

32 thoughts on “A Hospital Visit

  1. Anomanomanom

    I’ve no reason to disbelieve this man but anyone who knew of Porters act, or persona he uses for his act would know its a sexual thing. He does not do it to get his kicks its a persona and part of an act. People seriously need to stop this “oh I’m a victim”‘ crap. Real victims of real sexual misconduct definitely need to speak out, but seems to me, to be not one of them.

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    1. anne

      I’m surprised for his real life Benny Hill shtick he didn’t get a good Rocky Balboa face rearranging impression.. just for the lols like.

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    2. Nigel

      If part of your act is to grope vulnerable people without their consent I don’t see why it should be treated any differently than if it’s your real persona. A persona that gropes people without their consent is only fictional if it’s part of a literal fictional performance, a play or a film or a TV show where everyone is acting to a script or within pre-determined parameters. You take that persona outside that setting and grope people without their consent you are basically being a predator and using a persona as cover.

      For what it’s worth I had never heard of Porter before this broke, therefore an assumption that people’s supposed common knowledge of his ‘persona’ gives him license to grope is specious at best.

      There was a priest who used to grope kids when he visited our school, pinching us, poking us, prodding us, right in front of the class, all in good fun because he was a jolly priest. The girls in particular used to dread getting called up by him. That’s what this reminds me of.

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      1. Anomanomanom

        What’s classed as a grope, serious question. Is it bum, penis, chest what. Because I’ve been to drag shows and was ass grabbed. I took it as what it was, a bit of laugh to embarrass me, me as a straight guy in at a drag act in a gay club, it wasn’t sexual assault. If like you say he just took advantage of some one then thats different.

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          1. Anomanomanom

            Would u go away. It was a joke, it was in no way assault. But if someone deems it assault then surely they should contact the police. Not bitch years later about it, but in the case of a vulnerable person I understand they might not have the ability to report straight away.

        1. Nigel

          I’d be interested in a legal opinion on this, actually. Any unwelcome or non-consensual touching can potentially be ‘groping’ in a casual sense, with a rising scale of offence depending on intimacy, frequency and force applied. But what would count as assault I don’t know.

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    3. GiggidyGoo

      I can’t believe what I’ve just read. Is that it? Is that the excuse? Is he performing his ‘act’ 24/7/365 then? If so, it’s not really an act then, it’s an illness. He needs help.

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  2. JIMMYJAMES

    Comedy is also a victim here, porter brought the world a brand of comedy the world had never seen before, an excessively camp butlins Esq character who possed an unnatural talent to reel off one innuendo laden jibe after another unsettling even the most open minded FG supporter.

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  3. Harry Molloy

    The more I think bout all of jigs stuff the more I think that a lot of men are completely unaware of where the line is. Which isn’t an excuse when it should be obvious.

    After 2017 there will certainly be no excuses.

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    1. gorugeen

      The line? A psychiatric in-patient, in a psych hospital. Any decent thinking, normal, reasonable person knows the line is at the gate of the hospital.

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  4. kolyn

    the line is grabbing someone’s sexual organs, I’m sure all men knew that but until now were confidant there were no consequences for crossing it… now there are consequences

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  5. Fergus the magic postman

    I’m not sure I understand what an on-the-record denial from another celebrity to the ST would consist of. Another celebrity saying AP didn’t grope anyone?

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    1. LW

      Yeah, hard to see what that would’ve accomplished. Fair play to the student for sticking to his guns in the face of intimidation

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