Nov 1 2012
Freddie Starr has been arrested by detectives investigating allegations of sexual offences connected to Jimmy Savile.
The 69-year-old comedian and entertainer was arrested at 5.45pm on suspicion of sexual offences and taken into police custody close to his Warwickshire home.
A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “Officers working on Operation Yewtree have this evening, Thursday 1 November, arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the investigation.
“The man, from Warwickshire, was arrested at approximately 17.45 hrs on suspicion of sexual offences, and has been taken into police custody locally. The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed ‘Savile and others’.”
Starr is the second person to be arrested in connection with the Savile abuse scandal after shamed singer Gary Glitter was questioned on Sunday.
Police launched a criminal investigation into the Savile abuse claims after it emerged that allegations had been made against a number of living people.
Starr, who lives in Warwickshire with his 34-year-old fiancée, Sophie Lea, was implicated in the scandal after a woman alleged on an ITV documentary that he had molested her when she was a 14-year-old.
Karin Ward claimed Starr had groped her when she had appeared on the television show Clunk Click with Jimmy Savile in the 1970s.
Starr initially denied ever having met Mrs Ward, but later changed his story, when footage appeared of them on the programme together.
Starr has vehemently denied ever sexually assaulting anyone and last week spoke of his willingness to be interviewed by police in order to clear his name.
Detectives are have identified more than 300 alleged victims of abuse which have been broken down into three categories; those who were abused by Savile, those who were abused by Savile and other and those who were abused by others.