Former singer-songwriter and convicted paedophile Jonathan King has used an opinion piece in the Spectator magazine to argue Sir Edward Heath couldn't have been gay as he "resisted" his advances.
King, who was jailed for child sex offences in the early 2000s, writes that during a short flight between Scotland and London, he was sat next to the then former prime minister and attempted to flirt with him.
I can't actually believe my eyes. Am I seriously seeing that The Spectator had Jonathan King comment on the Heath issue?! Beyond the pale— Sir John Riley (@SirJohnRiley) August 7, 2015
"The moment Edward Heath sat down in the first class seat next to me on the flight from Scotland to London, shook my hand and said ‘Jonathan, it is a pleasure to meet you’ I determined to flirt with him in order to find out whether the rumours that he was gay were true."
In addition, King makes further references to a "sex allegations industry", belittling those who make claims of sexual assault as having "genuine misunderstandings and adapted memories over the passage of time or a desire for sympathy and attention, cash reward, delusions or simple exaggerations".
Because a man who didn’t fancy the repulsive Jonathan King could’t possibly be gay. pic.twitter.com/n75QRFxEXH— anya (@anyabike) August 7, 2015
Twitter has been quick to pick up on the bizarre piece, with many sharing incredulity at King's suggestions - and the Spectator's decision to publish it.
Jonathan King says he tried to seduce Ted Heath and it didn't work, so Heath wasn't gay. That's sorted then.— Rick Burin (@rickburin) August 7, 2015
The Spectator have paid convicted paedophile Jonathan King to write a really creepy article defending Ted Heath - http://t.co/QUQgEYBy36— Andrew Learmonth (@andrewlearmonth) August 7, 2015
Seems pretty definitive to me. https://t.co/Hvr8a8m11q— Stephen Mangan (@StephenMangan) August 7, 2015
Jonathan King writes allegations of child sex abuse not to be believed. No chance of agenda there, eh?August 7, 2015
The biggest perversion of all would be fancying Jonathan King.— Liz Buckley (@liz_buckley) August 7, 2015
Where to start with Jonathan King.... he's an unrepentant abuser of multiple children and The Spectator needs the Tory Party to survive— Will Black (@WillBlackWriter) August 7, 2015
@StephenMangan also bizarrely hints at a link between homosexuality and child abuse..— ScrabbleFilth (@milkpipe666) August 7, 2015