"Arthur C Clarke sex scandal was masterminded by LTTE propaganda Unit" Say Sri Lankan Expatriates

Sri Lanka News - 3rd February 1998

Sri Lankans living in London allege that Arthur C Clarke's sex scandal was masterminded by LTTE propagandists to disrupt 50th anniversary celebration. Sir Arthur, who has lived in Sri Lanka for forty years, is a well respected person in Sri Lanka. He is also the Chancellor of Colombo's Moratuwa University and has already been appointed CBE for services to British cultural interests in Sri Lanka.

Yesterday Sir Arthur, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, denied the allegations through a friend in England and said that he was opposed to "mucking about with small boys". Sir Arthur said: "There is no truth whatsoever in the allegations that the Sunday Mirror are making against me, and they are very hurtful".

Sir Arthur, who has been confined to a wheelchair for the past 15 years, said he had not been sexually active for 20 years

Space visionary, Arthur C. Clarke says he is seeking legal advice -VOA

Alleged intimate details, published by a London tabloid, about Mr. Clarke's personal life has put his knighthood in question.

Space visionary, Arthur C. Clarke says he is seeking legal advice on allegations made about his personal life.

In an interview with "the Sunday Mirror" published last week, Mr. Clarke is alleged to have confessed details of his private life, including homosexual relations with minors.

In a statement issued by his office in Colombo, Mr. Clarke said he was outraged by the allegations made in the newspaper and has asked his investiture as a British knight be postponed. the statement says he has asked for the postponement so as to not cause embarrassment to Prince Charles.

The prince was to confer knighthood on Mr. Clarke during his three-day visit to Colombo this week to participate in Sri Lanka's 50th independence anniversary celebrations on February 4.

Mr. Clarke, who has written several science fiction books, was among the 25 knights named by British prime minister Tony Blair in December. the 80-year-old space visionary has lived in Sri Lanka for 30-years and is confined to a wheelchair.

Legal experts say, if true, Mr. Clarke's alleged confessions to the London tabloid could lead to 10-years of imprisonment.

meanwhile, a civic reception for Prince Charles by the Colombo municipal council has been cancelled. government authorities say the decision was made for security reasons.

Arthur C Clarke sex scandal hits Charles's Sri Lanka visit

Sunday Times- UK

THE Prince of Wales's visit to Sri Lanka this week hit a new problem last night after Arthur C Clarke, the respected science fiction writer due to be knighted by Charles, allegedly confessed to being a paedophile.

The investiture is due to take place on Wednesday during the prince's visit, which coincides with the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the island's independence.

Downing Street said last night: "As far as we are concerned the investiture is still going ahead as planned." A spokesman refused to comment on the possibility of a forfeiture of the honour by the 80-year-old author of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Clarke's revelations, published in today's Sunday Mirror, are bound to embarrass Tony Blair, who named him in his first new year honours as prime minister.

Last night diplomats in Colombo, the island's capital, were being asked to assess the author's tabloid confession. If the report is taken at face value the ceremony is unlikely to go ahead.

Buckingham Palace advisers contacted British embassy officials in Sri Lanka this year to make discreet inquiries after rumours about Clarke's sexuality and private life.

They reported that, although Clarke was known to be gay, there was no evidence of paedophilia.

The British-born author of more than 80 novels, who has adopted Sri Lanka as his home, was unable to travel to Britain to receive his knighthood from the Queen because he is virtually confined to a wheelchair as a result of post-polio syndrome.

In 1989 he was made a CBE for his services to British cultural interests in Sri Lanka, where he enjoys a tax-free lifestyle bestowed on him by the island because of his celebrity status.

He previously met Charles at the British premiere of his Odyssey film in the 1960s, for which he received an Oscar nomination.

Surrey-born Clarke was married briefly in 1953 to Marilyn Mayfield, an American who has since died. The marriage lasted about six months after a whirlwind affair.

After the split Clarke moved to Sri Lanka, where he now lives in a luxurious home surrounded by state-of-the-art technology and computers that allow him to keep in touch with friends around the world.

His study is lined with photographs of celebrities and admirers of his work, including the Pope, Diana, Princess of Wales, Elizabeth Taylor and the astronaut Neil Armstrong.

The news also threatens to cast a shadow during the royal visit for senior officials on the island as they have always been proud of the eminent author's presence during the past 40 years. Homosexuality is regarded as an offence in Sri Lanka and carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Charles's planned trip was already marred last week by a terrorist attack on a temple that was to have been the scene of the independence celebrations.

The bomb killed 17 people, including a suicide team who drove a truck into the old hill capital of Kandy.

Buddhist leaders have called for a boycott of this week's ceremonies in protest at Charles's presence. They say Britain sympathises with the island's separatist Tamil Tiger rebels. They also claim the Tamil Tigers, who carried out the bombing, have been allowed to raise money in London for terrorist campaigns. Since the bombing some Buddhist leaders have intensified demands for a formal apology from Britain for its colonial rule.

A Foreign Office spokesman said last night that he fully expected Charles's visit to Sri Lanka to go ahead despite the security fears over recent terrorist activities.

A report that members of the prince's royal protection squad would not be allowed to carry guns was an "administrative point" that would be resolved before the party left, he said.

"It is an island where there is a history of terrorist problems with the Tamil Tigers and, from time to time, with explosions and so forth, so not unnaturally we are looking very closely at security," the spokesman said.

Knighthood for writer is at risk

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