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A Brit Actor most well known for playing Americans on TV was horrifically abused at his famously elite boarding school as a barely pubescent kid, he was singled out and tortured psychologically, sexually and physically.
One of the abusers in question was a violent sadist, an authority figure and powerful member of government. His activities were covered up by the school for years and continued even after he stopped officially working there.
He wasn’t the only one but he was the worst.
That abuser fled the country after it got too hot for him and began working in a 3rd world nation with children again “Charitable work”
He was investigated in that country for murder.
But the case mysteriously collapsed and he got away with it.
If you look at this actor’s performances over the years there is a common theme of abuse, gaslighting and stockholm syndrome relationships with manipulative older men running through his role choices.
He also, wherever possible, works with female producers, directors and show runners because his relationships with men in authority are so fraught he prefers to collaborate with women.
He’s a lot less screwed up than he could be given his history and seems to have finally found a stable and happy life for himself far away from his home country.
With the help of his spouse and a good therapist.
Actor: Hugh Dancy
Wife: Claire Danes
School: Winchester College
Abuser: John Smyth, British Queen’s Cousel
Public school defends role in alleged cover up of abuse at Christian camps
Winchester College knew in 1982 about allegations of abuse at the camps but says it didn’t go to the police to save the victims further trauma.
One of Britain’s leading public schools has been forced to defend its role in an alleged cover up of serious physical abuse at Christian summer camps attended by its pupils in the 1970s and 1980s.
Winchester College knew in 1982 about allegations of sadomasochistic abuse at the hands of John Smyth, a British QC who ran a series of Christian summer camps known as “Bash camps” after the nickname of their founder EJH Nash.
The current archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, also attended the camps as a dormitory officer and knew Smyth but in a statement Lambeth Palace said “no one discussed allegations of abuse by John Smyth with him”.
The abuse emerged that year following a suicide attempt by one of the alleged victims. A secret report into the physical abuse was carried out by the Iwerne Trust, which ran the camps for public schoolboys, in 1982.
It described “horrific” beatings of teenage boys, sometimes until they bled. Winchester College, whose pupils were among the alleged victims, was informed of the allegations but neither the college nor the trust reported Smyth to the police.
Winchester College said no report was made to the police at the time, not least because parents of the victims felt their sons should be spared more trauma. The college had never sought to conceal “these dreadful events”, it said in a statement.
Instead, it said: “The then headmaster met John Smyth and required him to undertake never again to enter the college or contact its pupils.” The school had acted as best it could “in accordance with the standards of the time”. It added: “That John Smyth went on to abuse further, reveals the inadequacy of those standards.”
But the survivor who attempted suicide told Channel 4 News “everything could have been stopped” if the police had been informed. – Source
British barrister accused of child abuse had been charged in killing of teen
John Smyth, who is alleged to have abused boys while running Christian summer camps, had been charged with killing boy in Zimbabwe
A British barrister who allegedly abused boys while running Christian summer camps was later charged in connection with the killing of a teenage boy in Zimbabwe.
John Smyth QC left the UK after details of his alleged physical abuse of public schoolboys who attended the camps emerged in 1982.
Neither the Iwerne Trust, which ran the Christian camps, the Church of England nor Winchester College, whose pupils were among the alleged victims, reported the case to police.
Instead, Smyth was warned away from Winchester College by the headmaster and left for Zimbabwe, where he set up the Zambesi Ministries and ran similar summer camps attended by boys from top public schools in the country.
Channel 4 News reported on Friday that Smyth faced charges in relation to the mysterious death of a 16-year-old boy at one of the camps in Ruzawi. The boy, Guide Nyachuru, was found in 1992 at the bottom of a swimming pool in the grounds of Ruzawi school, where the Zambesi camps were held.
In 1997 Smyth was charged in connection with the killing and with the alleged abuse of five boys. The barrister was also accused of swimming naked with Zimbabwean teenagers, showering with them in the nude and encouraging them to talk about masturbation.
One alleged victim told the broadcaster that Smyth administered savage beatings with wooden bats, in a chilling echo of the allegations made against him in Britain.
But Smyth, a former friend of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who has said he had no knowledge of any abuse claims, had the case against him dismissed a year later in Zimbabwe. – Source