Former pupil testifies in court case
Andrew Trendell

15:03 27th January 2015

Stone Roses frontman and solo indie icon Ian Brown has appeared in court to testify against former teacher and weatherman Fred Talbot, who he claims once made his class watch a 'gay porn film' and urged them to masturbate for 'homework'. 

Talbot is currently on trial for 10 counts of sexual assault against five boys in a period between the 1960s and 1980s, during which he was a teacher at Altrincham Grammar School - and taught Ian Brown. Brown however, is not one of the complainants. 

Appearing at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court today (January 27), Brown spoke out about how Talbot took an 'interest' in young boys, would ask them if they ever masturbated, would 'mutter' in the ears of boys who confessed to pleasuring themselves, and claimed that his class were even shown a 'gay porn film' by the teacher. 

Talbot denies all charges of sexual assault, the trial continues. 

See Tweets of all testimony from Brown by ITV court reporter Rob Smith below: 

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