1. ITV Report

Freddie Starr walks out of Good Morning Britain interview

Freddie Starr, 71, speaks to Good Morning Britain. Credit: GMB

Freddie Starr stormed out of a television interview about his sex abuse claims ordeal, after Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid asked whether he had done "anything that could have been misinterpreted" in his past relationships.

"Are you being serious?", Starr replied, before removing his microphone and walking out of the room.

The veteran comic, who learnt last week he would not be prosecuted over sex allegations after spending 18 months on bail, later returned with his wife Sophie to continue the interview.

He also told Good Morning Britain he considered taking his own life while under arrest for historical sex abuse claims.

Freddie Starr in 1997, shortly after he was arrested for assault after he allegedly hit his then teenage son, Jody. Credit: PA

The comedian also branded disgraced publicist Max Clifford "a different animal".

During the interview, Starr claims that he did not know the women who made the complaints against him, branding them "ghosts".

The CPS said there was sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of a conviction in one case but it wouldn't be in the public interest.

Starr insists he has been "innocent all along" and felt the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) wanted to "put something there".

The reason why they [The CPS] said that was to put something there. 'We didn't let him go, there was another charge'. If they could have prosecuted me they certainly would have done.

– Freddie Starr
Former publicist Max Clifford was sentenced to eight years in prison for sexual assault on May 2nd. Credit: PA

Starr also distances himself from Clifford, who achieved widespread fame with his links to The Sun's infamous Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster story, after the PR guru was jailed for eight years earlier this month for a string of indecent assaults.

Max Clifford was a different animal. I didn't like Max Clifford - I didn't go out with him, I didn't do anything with him.

– Freddie Starr

Starr's wife Sophie, 33, says her husband was scared to cuddle his own daughter during the Operation Yewtree investigation into him.

"It's changed him as a man," she says.

"It's like even the little things like with his daughter, at one point he was scared to even cuddle her because you've got the world judging you.

"I know Freddie will come back from this."

I would say he is one of the most caring, gentle men that you can ever meet. He'd do anything for anybody.

And the fact is that for him to be accused of this, thank God it is now over, people can start to see the true Freddie and not the person that was portrayed in the media because it's not him at all.

– Sophie Starr