Following accusations that he regularly exposed himself on live television, veteran children's Saturday night '90's favourite Mr Blobby appeared at Bow Street magistrates court today.
Courtroom artist's impression of Blobby's appearance at Bow Street
Blobby, 56, caused a stir when he entered the court, tripping over the steps, causing the Clerk of the Court and stenographer's tables to overturn, taking his two G4S guards to the ground and rolling on top of them. Cutting a tall orotund and eccentric figure, pink skin covered in yellow polka-dots, with bulging eyes jiggling as he moved and a permanent rictus grin, Mr Blobby seemed to show no remorse.
When asked by the magistrate to enter a plea to the charges the accused retorted, "Blobby blobby blobby".
A nonchalant Blobby was handed a blanket to cover himself and warned that he was very close to receiving a charge of contempt of court in addition to the obscenity charges.
DCI Vic Hanky outlined the case for the prosecution; "On reviewing prime-time Saturday night video footage from the 1990's show 'Noel's House Party', we quickly discovered blatant acts of gross indecency and lewd behaviour. It appears the accused spent most of his time naked in front of children and adults alike." After viewing hours of the tapes, several female officers had to receive 'trauma counselling', added DCI Hanky.
Better Times: Blobby celebrates his No.1 hit
The court heard from his solicitor that the one-time star, who had a number one Christmas single in 1993, had fallen upon hard times in the last 15 years, his last work had been in pantomime at Croydon in 2002, and that he had been treated for chronic alcoholism and a rare form of yellow acne, but could no longer afford the fees at The Priory, where he was a regular patient in the early 2000's.
Responding to criticism, an angry spokesman for the BBC denied there had been a 'cover up'. "In fact," she said, "he never covered up."
"Blobbers was a valued member of the show, contributing much to raising the bar and the viewing figures in true Reithian style, educating, informing and entertaining in Crinkley Bottom. Salman Rushdie was a big fan." she added.
Application for bail was denied, as long-time showbiz acquaintance Noel Edmunds refused to stand surety.