The comedian Jim Davidson has claimed people were "making allegations for the sake of it" after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to charge him after a police investigation into historical sex claims.
Comedian Jim Davidson said he was pleased no further action has been taken in relation to the multiple sex crime allegations made against him.
Appearing jovial as he spoke to reporters in Torquay he praised the police for doing "a great job" and said he was grateful to the support of his family, his friends, his loyal fans and his football team.
(The police) must know that these accusations are things that can literally ruin peoples' lives. My life is on hold, so is that of my wife.
I have to shake my head and ask is this really happening? Well, it is! The only good thing is that I know I am innocent, and that is a powerful weapon to have. It still is upsetting though. You have to be strong and wait for the game to play out.
His solicitor has said today Mr Davidson is "pleased" the allegations against him have been dropped after the Crown Prosecution Service said there was "insufficient evidence" with which to charge the comedian.
A 53-year-old man arrested in Hampshire in January, as part of Operation Yewtree - the police investigation prompted by the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal - has been told no further action will be taken against him.
Referring to both the 53-year-old and Jim Davidson, the CPS said there was "insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction".
The Crown Prosecution Service has explained why it decided not to charge Jim Davidson over alleged historical sexual offences:
We have determined that there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction in relation to all complaints and have advised the Metropolitan Police Service that no further action should be taken.
Jim Davidson is "pleased" to have been told he will face no further action after he was arrested on suspicion of historical sexual offences, his solicitor has said.
The 59-year-old comedian was initially held in January by detectives from Operation Yewtree, the national investigation sparked by the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal, before being re-arrested in March after further allegations emerged.
His solicitor, Henri Brandman, said: "My client Jim Davidson was, of course, arrested a number of months ago in respect of allegations of a historical sexual nature.
"He is pleased to have received news today that there will be no further action relating to the allegations."