Nov 22 2012
The Daily Mail
Sex assault suspect Freddie Starr has put his four-bedroom detached mansion up for sale for £900,000.
The luxuriously decorated home is set in a beautiful setting offering clear views of hills and fields in Warwickshire.
Complete with conservatory, games room and bar the home also boasts a detached log cabin in the garden.
The home has been fully refurbished, with each bedroom decorated in its own unique style and colour scheme and ample space inside the house and on the terrace for small gatherings and parties, according to information supplied by his estate agents.
It his thought he shares the home with his children and fiancee Sophie Lea.
The move comes at a difficult juncture in the comedian’s life, after he was arrested by detectives earlier this month investigating Jimmy Savile’s decades of paedophilia.
He reportedly hit rock bottom after he was banned from being left alone with his own children by social services while the abuse claim against him is investigated.
Trip to the capital: Freddie Starr is pictured out and about in London today, with his fiancee Sophie Lea (left)
Selling up: Freddie Starr has put his four-bedroom house on the market (pictured right with his fiancee Sophie Lea in the garden)
Starr is accused of molesting a 14-year-old in Savile’s BBC dressing room forty years ago, which he denies and says the strain of the investigation is giving him heart problems.
‘My life is ruined. I feel so desperate at times I want to go and end it all,’ he told the Mirror, adding:
‘It’s heartbreaking because I’m totally innocent. It makes me feel suicidal. I don’t think I can ever work again – how can I put a comedy face on after this?’
The former television star, 69, was bailed earlier this month and has not been charged with any offence.
The comedian was named by Karin Ward who claims she was groped by him at a Savile sex party 40 years ago after appearing on television alongside him.
Starr had denied meeting his accuser but a video later emerged of the pair of them together on Savile’s show ‘Clunk Click’ in 1974.
Warwickshire social services has now ordered him to only spend time with his children when his fiancee Sophie Lea, 34, is with them at their home.
A council will always act in this way when an individual is subject to sexual assault claims.
‘I’m no sex pest,’ he said, ‘but right now I can only have supervised contact with my kids.
Starr was taken into custody at a police station near his home earlier on November 1 as part of Operation Yewtree – Scotland Yard’s inquiry into alleged child sexual exploitation by the late Jim’ll Fix It presenter and others.
He voluntarily returned to speak to officers for further questioning the next day following his release on bail in the early hours of the morning.
Starr was then released for the second time on November 2 with officers saying he had been ‘re-bailed to a date in December’.
On the same day officers raided his home, seizing his computer, hard drive, his old address books, old photographs and his iPhone, he says.
He denies claims by Karin Ward that he tried to grope her in 1974 when she was a 14-year-old schoolgirl.
Earlier this month, Freddie Starr cancelled a show to concentrate on defending the sex abuse allegations.
Fans were expecting to see the comedian perform his Back From The Jungle Tour at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon, Wiltshire.
But Wyvern Theatre director Derek Aldridge said the show would not go on, following discussions with Starr and his team.
He said: ‘Following the weekend, we have held further discussions with Freddie Starr and his management team and have agreed that the show will no longer take place at the Wyvern Theatre on Wednesday, November 7.’
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