I’ll stay silent over Shakespeare book, says Raymond Scott
Feb 1 2009 by Roger Domeneghetti, Sunday Sun
FLAMBOYANT Raymond Scott is considering the unthinkable when he appears in court over the alleged theft of a rare Shakespeare book . . . by keeping his mouth shut.
Mr Scott was last week seen addressing the media from the steps of Durham police station where he’d answered bail on the charge, quoting Oscar Wilde, among others.
He said: “There’s nothing worse than being talked about than not talked about.”
However, after being formally charged with theft and handling of the 1623 Shakespeare first folio from Durham University in 1998 on Wednesday, he said he might learn from Wilde’s court appearance which landed the celebrated author in jail for gross indecency in 1895.
Mr Scott said: “Maybe on this occasion I will learn a lesson from history. I have absolutely nothing to hide. I know I am entirely innocent of both charges. But much though I’d like the chance to protest my innocence, I might just stay silent.”
Mr Scott of Wingate, County Durham is to appear before Durham magistrates in Consett on February 10 – two days before his 52nd birthday.