A City of London priest is at the center of allegations of blackmail and clergy abuse. Rev. William Campbell-Taylor, a Church of England cleric who is also a councilmember in London City Hall, tried to use legal retribution to prevent a vulnerable male from talking publicly about his allegations that the priest had asked him for a lewd act of fellatio.
But some 20 witnesses have come forward to testify about their own experiences with the priest. One prominent Christian witness reported he had been similarly betrayed and “been threatened by William Campbell Taylor” who “was in a position to blackmail me.” Another spoke about her experience of the cleric’s “secretive” and “lying” behavior with her.
Campbell-Taylor denies the alleged abuse with the vulnerable male, and rejects any suggestion that he had any close personal relationship with the victim. But dozens of letters from the cleric to the victim have since come to light in which Campbell-Taylor signs off messages with kisses and “love, William” and “W x” or “yr brother Muffin”. The victim writes to Campbell-Taylor challenging him about “your sexuality and past experience that has wreaked havoc in our personal relationship” and asks about the time “you said [to me] ‘How about a b**w job then?’”. In response, the priest evades the question and strangely writes back “you have been on my mind today because I know it is your birthday” and “I would like to be in a position to stand in solidarity in public with you as a friend” and again signs off “love William”. The victim further referred to characteristic phrases used by the priest such as “a stirring in the loins”.
Further witnesses report Campbell-Taylor’s known romantic relationships with both sexes, and a male contemporary from his days at the liberal seminary, Wescott House in Cambridge, England, writes about his dating history there, adding “I was definitely somewhat enamored of him – most people were in those days – he was stunning and charming.” William Campbell-Taylor is currently married to Florida photographer, Kristin Perers, and is a prominent media spokesman on London and financial issues.