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In the actual interview Prenter claimed that his former boss had slept with hundreds of men and said it was because he was terrified of sleeping alone.
Prenter said Mercury lavished expensive gifts on his lovers — diamonds, cars and money.
Prenter hosted a series of evening shows on Downtown including Soul Train, featuring soul music, and Yesterplay, which focused on hits from the past.
But the timeline in Bohemian Rhapsody has been adapted to show Prenter meeting Mercury for the first time in 1975 in a riverside bar when he was in the employ of Queen’s manager John Reid.
Situated near an oceanarium and restaurants, the 5-star Palace Downtown offers a free carpark, a sun terrace and a swimming pool along with a friendly atmosphere.
Rooms are fitted with a mini-bar, a coffee maker and a pantry along with a microwave, a fridge and glassware.
Paul Prenter is cast as the ‘villain’ of Bohemian Rhapsody, which focuses on the gay love affair that developed from his working relationship with the flamboyant star, who at first tried to keep his sexuality a secret.
But Prenter was blamed for telling the world that Mercury had Aids after he sold his story to an English newspaper for £32,000. Prenter was one of the first presenters on Downtown, the Newtownards-based radio station, when it came on air in 1976 and photographs show him in the studios with colleagues including Candy Devine, Big T (Trevor Campbell) and Hendi (Michael Henderson).
But it is understood that Prenter wasn’t fired until 1986 — the year after Live Aid.
One insider said: “There was more to the breakdown of their relationship than a row over how bad Prenter was at passing on messages.” In another apparent departure from the facts, in the movie Prenter’s ‘kiss and tell’ about Mercury comes before Live Aid in an interview on television, not in a newspaper, and he didn’t sell his story to The Sun until 1987.