The Garbage singer's teenage fling with a predatory music teacher has sparked a hunt for the man 31 years later.
Posted on Mar 20, 2013 02:59 pm
Garbage singer Shirley Manson has triggered a hunt for a sex pest who may have abused her when she was a teenager.
Shirley told a newspaper about her relationship with a music teacher when she was 15-years-old, but cut it off when she discovered he was sleeping with other students too. The legal age of consent in the UK is 16.
Now Edinburgh City Council has decided to take action, even though the offence took place over 30 years ago, with a spokesperson announcing that they are taking the matter "very seriously" according to Classic Rock.
"My first so-called relationship was with my music teacher at 15. I would have sex with him in the back of his van after class. When I found out he was having sex with every one of my mates, it stopped," Shirley said.
The tutor has not been publicly named, but it is understood that the teacher worked with a youth drama group. Officials are currently searching records to see if any complaints were made at the time and if any action was taken against him.
"We take any allegations of this nature very seriously and we are currently looking to establish more information about this case," said a spokesperson on behalf of Edinburgh council.
It seems the relationship may have warped Shirley's impression of men for a long time. "I thought every bloke was cheating on his wife or girlfriend," she said in the original interview which prompted the investigation. "It was an unhealthy and hysterical idea of what the male was. It is not the case at all now."