Starr's health fears over claims

The entertainer Freddie Starr has said he has had heart palpitations due to the stress caused by allegations that he assaulted a teenager after appearing on a Jimmy Savile show in the 70s. He described the claims as having "no evidence whatsoever."

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Freddie Starr: 'Don't tar me with the same brush'

The entertainer Freddie Starr has strongly denied to ITV News allegations he assaulted a teenager after the recording of one of Sir Jimmy Savile's shows.

He had denied ever being on one of Savile's shows - but footage has since been found showing him on Clunk Click, sitting just inches from Karin Ward, who was 14 at the time of the recording.

Speaking to ITV News, he said:

I don't think that there's any evidence there whatsoever. It's a matter of 'he said, she said.'

What Jimmy Savile is alleged to have done is ...wrong, that's totally wrong.

I do not like being tarred with the same brush as Jimmy Savile or Gary Glitter.

Freddie Starr allegations 'making him ill'

Claims that Freddie Starr allegedly assaulted a teenager in the 1970s are "horrendous" and are making the comedian ill, his fiancée revealed.

Speaking to ITV1's This Morning, Sophie Lea said:

It's absolutely nonsense.

I know Freddie myself, I've known him for a long time before we even got together and when I was working with him on stage never once did he make any advances towards me.

She added that Starr initially took out an injunction because he was told at the "last minute about these allegations":

We never had any time to even think, our heads were absolutely spinning, and it was advised to take out an injunction to stop anything coming out without any proof, without any evidence.

These are allegations, there is no proof whatsoever and Freddie absolutely denies it.

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Freddie Starr admits Savile show appearance

Entertainer Freddie Starr has admitted to Channel 4 News he did appear on Sir Jimmy Savile's show "Clunk Click" in the 1970s.

His lawyers clarified the matter after the news programme broadcast footage of Mr Starr with Karin Ward, the woman who has accused him and Sir Jimmy of assaulting her.

Freddie Starr pictured in December last year
Freddie Starr pictured in December last year Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

In a statement, Mr Starr's lawyers wrote:

"Freddie is now 69 and cannot be expected to recollect every show that he has appeared on and to remember every person that he has met. When the allegation made by Karin Ward was put to him Freddie’s first reaction was that he would never grope a women and never has".

"He then considered whether he had even been on a Jimmy Savile show or if he had met a women called Karin Ward".

"His recollection was that he had not been on a Jimmy Savile show and when he contacted the person who was his manager in the 70s he also could not remember Freddie appearing on any of his shows".

"In respect of Karin Ward this was not a name that Freddie could remember and therefore had no recollection of meeting her".

Karin Ward
Karin Ward Credit: ITV

They continued: "It would now appear from seeing footage of a 'Clunk Click' show aired in 1974 that in fact Freddie was mistaken and therefore that he had in fact been on a Jimmy Savile show".

"However, this does not detract away from the fact that Freddie vigorously denies the awful allegation that has been made by Karin Ward, which despite this footage is still totally unsupported and uncorroborated by any other evidence".

"This would appear remarkable given the fact that all of the other allegations surrounding Jimmy Savile appear to be supported by other witnesses," Mr Starr's lawyers added.

Freddie Starr denies groping allegations

Freddie Starr
Freddie Starr has denied allegations made to an ITV documentary Credit: PA

The comedian Freddie Starr has denied allegations that he groped a 14-year old girl at a dressing room party hosted by Jimmy Savile and Gary Glitter.

"I have never been in any situation with Jimmy Savile and Gary Glitter ... Don't tar me with the same brush as a scumbag and a paedophile," Starr told reporters at his home on Friday, several of Saturday's newspapers reported.

A high court injunction Starr obtained over the allegations was overturned on Thursday, a day after the airing of the ITV documentary, 'Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile'.

The allegation against Starr was made to ITV News by Karin Ward, but has not been broadcast.