Peter O'Toole has great sympathy for those abused by Catholic priests as children - because he grew up surrounded by twisted clergy.

The movie great admits he was raised as a "holy Roman acolyte" in the 1940s, and though he was never targeted or sexually abused by a priest, he knew a lot of young boys who were.

The actor says, "Unfortunately there were some wonky priests who tried to touch you up... It was abominable. I was lucky; I wasn't touched."

"The hard kids put a needle in their jeans so that when the priest went to touch them they got a nasty shock." (KL/TVG)

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