Oct 6 2012
‘Don’t tar me with the same brush as a scumbag paedophile’: Freddie Starr laughs off claims he groped girl, 14, in dressing room with Jimmy Savile and Gary Glitter
The Daily Mail
Freddie Starr yesterday being the ‘third man’ abusing schoolgirls in Jimmy Savile’s BBC dressing room with Gary Glitter.
His extraordinary statement came 24 hours after a High Court battle in which he lost an injunction granted to prevent publication of a libellous allegation.
No details of the allegation had been revealed but Mr Starr, 69, yesterday chose to make clear that he was falsely being linked to the sex scandal surrounding Savile.
Denial: Freddie Starr (left, pictured at home today) said it was wrong for anyone to suggest he groped a girl aged 14 at a seedy dressing room party hosted by Jimmy Savile (right) and Gary Glitter
Mr Starr said he was responding to claims made by Karin Ward, who told an ITV documentary she saw Glitter raping a girl of 13 in Savile’s BBC dressing room in the 1970s.
Miss Ward, who was 14 at the time, also claims Savile had his hand up a third girl’s skirt and that, on a separate occasion, she was groped by a drunken Starr in Savile’s dressing room.
She initially made her claims to BBC’s Newsnight last year but the documentary was shelved. In the ITV documentary, Miss Ward only mentioned Glitter and Savile.
The comic, who lives in Studley, Warwickshire, said he hadn’t even met the girl who accused him of drunkenly molesting her at the bash and went on to brand Savile – whom he claims to have only met twice – as a ‘phoney’ and a ‘boring, boring man’.
Describing the moment he found out about the allegations, comedian Starr said: ‘The first we heard of all this was when Dean, my lawyer, called us up yesterday after getting an email from ITV.
‘He was panicking, because he’s my mate as well as my QC. He said it was alleged I was in a room with Jimmy Savile, and these two alleged 14-year-old girls.
‘I’ve only met Jimmy Savile maybe twice. He came to see me with his mother at one of my shows. I always thought he was a flash b*****d, but I wanted to meet him before I cast aspersions on his character.
‘He said to me: “Now then young man, I’ve brought the duchess to meet you” – that was his mother. They stayed for 15 or 20 minutes before he left me so I had time to plan what I was going to do in the show.
‘The other time was when he came into mine and my partner’s men’s clothing shop in Leeds. We were sat in the shop and he walked past, looked in and came in.
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‘In he comes and he starts to show us his bus pass. We just sat there taking the p***. We said: “Surely you have enough money, you’ve got a roller.”
‘He sat in his normal pose in the chair, taking up all the chair. I asked him if he wanted a drink, he said he just wanted a cup of tea, and he used all of those sayings he had off TV when he was talking to you.
Denial: Freddie Starr (left) was speaking from his five-bedroom house in Studley, Warwickshire (right)
‘He demeaned you, by talking a bit down to you. I couldn’t wait to get him out of the shop. He was a boring, boring man. I used to see him on television, and I always thought to myself: “You’re phoney – there’s something not right about you”.
‘I feel deeply sorry for them (his alleged victims) for having to go through what that scumbag put them through, I really do care for them.
‘Don’t f******g tar me with the same brush as Jimmy Savile or Gary Glitter. If there is one thing I’ve always hated it’s paedophiles’
‘But don’t f******g tar me with the same brush as Jimmy Savile or Gary Glitter. If there is one thing I’ve always hated it’s paedophiles. If I see something on the TV about a kid getting hurt, I just have to turn it off.
‘I can’t stand that sort of bloke. I’ve always been against paedophiles and always will be. I’ve never touched any under-aged girl in my life. Paedophiles are a pet hate of mine, so I refute it completely.’
Starr denied he was at any party with Savile.
He added: ‘She’s claiming I made advances to her, it didn’t happen. She says she rebuffed me because my breath smelled of alcohol.
‘Well that can’t have happened because I’ve never drunk, I’m teetotal. I have never been in any situation with Jimmy Savile and Gary Glitter, and I have certainly never been with this woman.
‘When I read that I had made advances towards this woman – that never happened’
‘A mate of mine has said it wasn’t only Jimmy Savile who did this, there’s more to come out, but I don’t know more details. But when I read that I had made advances towards this woman – that never happened.
‘It could have been some other poor b*****d, it’s horrible to be faced with this. I think there are more to come forward – and I think there should be a police investigation into it now.’
The 68-year-old – engaged to Sophie Lea, 34, who fell pregnant with his fifth child last November – spoke out after losing an injunction to prevent the press from printing the shocking claims.
His comments came as it emerged police child abuse officers have met with BBC officials to discuss the allegations made against late television presenter Sir Jimmy Savile.
A Met Police spokesman said tonight that officers were contacting all individuals who have made claims about Savile, and hoped to have a ‘clear picture’ of how many woman may have suffered abuse by next week.
Speaking from his five-bedroom home, Starr went on to say that he had only met Gary Glitter once at an England football match – where he contemplated stealing the rock singer’s wig.
‘It could have been some other poor b*****d, it’s horrible to be faced with this. I think there are more to come forward – and I think there should be a police investigation into it now’
He added: ‘I was only in the same room as him at an England game in the Eighties against Greece.
‘I was there with (publicist) Max Clifford and he was sat in front of me. At half time he got up and Max said to me “that’s a wig he’s wearing”. He came over and said hello, then went back to his seat, and all I wanted to do was flip off that wig.
‘I had visions of it being thrown around the crowd. I was right on the brink of doing it when Max said “No, don’t do that”.
‘Years later it came out what kind of man he was. But I had no part in the lives of Gary Glitter and Jimmy Savile, none at all.’
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