Mr. Lean, a victim of paedophile Barry Bennell is taking legal action against the previous owners of Butlin’s after the football coach groomed him whilst working at a Butlin’s holiday park. Bennell, who is serving a 34-year prison sentence after being convicted of sexual offences against young boys, groomed Mr Lean on his family’s two holidays. Bennell remained in contact and invited him to attend a football course and stay at his home, where Bennell sexually abused him. Mr. Lean reported the abuse in 2013 and Bennell was jailed for two years in 2015.
Legal action is being taken against the ex-owners of Butlins on the grounds that, as Bennell’s employers at the time, they were vicariously liable for the abuse. Justin Levinson is instructed by Kim Harrison of Slater & Gordon for Mr. Lean.