Brian May’s driver has been cleared of child sexual abuse allegations today after the Queen rocker and his soap star wife Anita Dobson defended his character in court.
Driver to the stars, Phillip Webb, had been accused of consuming a girl of alcohol and hallucinogenic drugs during sexual abuse that allegedly started when she was seven.
He is also said to have involved another child in the abuse.
Webb, 59, who has worked for the Queen guitarist and his wife, former EastEnders star Dobson, for more than 20 years, vehemently denied the allegations.
In court he was defended by legendary rocker May “one of the honestest men I’ve ever met,” while Dobson described him as her “knight in radiant armor.”
Webb’s lawyers said in court that there was “no evidence” to support the allegations of the complaint and that the driver had become “a demon who was to blame” for his prosecution’s addiction and mental health problems.
Today, Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court jurors cleared Webb of all charges.
He later thanked the judges before telling them ‘you did the right thing’.
Driver to the stars, Phillip Webb (pictured), had accused a girl of using alcohol and hallucinogenic drugs during sexual abuse that began when she was seven. Today he has been cleared of all charges at Kingston Crown Court
Webb, 59, who has worked for the Queen guitarist and his wife, former EastEnders star Anita Dobson (pictured) for over 20 years, vehemently denied the allegations
The complainant had reported the alleged abuse to children’s mental health services in 2006.
But she told the court that she did not go into detail because she was terrified of police involvement.
She filed full charges with police in 2019 after receiving therapy, the court heard.
Webb allegedly implicated another child in the alleged abuse, which allegedly took place between 1999 and 2006.
But Webb vehemently denied the charges, telling jurors, “It’s really disgusting to think anyone could do that to any child.
“It’s the worst allegation anyone can make against a person. I have never touched anyone inappropriately. ‘
In her closing speech on Friday, Eleanor Laws QC said defensively, “There is not a single independent supporting evidence other than what has come out of the complainant’s mouth.”
Ms. Laws said Webb had become “a demon who was to blame” for all of her addiction and mental health problems.
Webb had told police about his life as a driver, driving around customers from the Japanese Embassy, the Imperial Royal Family, the Prime Minister and pop prank Madness.
He had become a driver after leaving a managerial career at Smithfield Meat Market in 2001.
Last week, his boss May, 73, wearing a black jacket with the collar turned over a white shirt with an open collar, told the court: ‘For a man like Phil who is incredibly sincere and decent to be accused of being terribly sexual misconduct, it is as if his whole soul has been ripped out. ‘
‘He’s been my driver for over twenty years, normally working between three and seven days a week. He is probably my longest serving employee. ‘
“I know Phil incredibly well, having driven him around in 20 years.
‘A lot of time, me and him in the car and we share so much. I know what’s inside him, his deepest secrets.
‘I’m not going to exaggerate, he’s one of the most honest men I’ve ever met in my life. His honesty to me is impeccable.
‘Some people bend the truth, Phil won’t do it, he’ll say’ no damn me ‘- that’s how he talks.
He will never, in the least, be untrue. He will not hide the truth. ‘
May added, “Very rarely have I met anyone who came close to that degree of honesty.
‘I’ve never seen him raise a finger on anyone. He is actually the closest to a gentle giant.
‘He has an extraordinary passion for fair play and justice. He acts as a kind of guard for me in a modest way. He is actually highly trained to do that. ‘
Anita Dobson, 71, described Webb as her ‘protector’ and her ‘knight in shining armor’ on which her family relied.
Brian May (pictured) defended Webb in court, along with Anita Dobson, who described Webb as her ‘protector’ and her ‘knight in shining armor’ that her family relied on
Webb, of Epsom, Surrey, denied and was acquitted at Kingston Crown Court (pictured) for indecent assault on a child, two counts of inciting a child’s sexual activity and one of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child child
“He’s been with us for over 20 years, he’s our driver, driver,” she said from the witness stand, with her hair in a bun and black suit, “she told the jurors.
She said, “Without him, I think we would come to a stop.
‘On vacation he takes care of my stepchildren, without him I don’t know what I would do.
“He’s been a protector to me every week, two or three times a week, sometimes more, sometimes less.
“He is one of the nicest, most generous and generally honorable men you could ever want to meet and I am very proud to call him my friend.
‘I love him. He is the nicest man you would ever meet. ‘
Webb had told jurors how armed police cited him while driving the rock legend on the M25, assuming there was a firearm in the car.
He called the Met to complain, but was stopped a second time after deposing Mrs. Dobson.
Webb accepted that he had been convicted of assaulting his ex-wife’s new partner with a key in 2003.
“I’m losing my temper,” he admitted.
But Webb denied prosecutor Richard Milne’s suggestion that he has a “dark side” or that he has violence or traffic accidents at home.
He is also a non-commissioned officer with the Sea Cadets, the court heard.
Webb, of Epsom, Surrey, denied and was cleared of indecent assault of a child, two counts of inducing a child’s sexual activity and one time of sexual activity in the presence of a child.