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Comedian Freddie Starr held by Savile police

Freddie Starr pictured in December last year. Credit: Press Association

A statement from the Metropolitan Police reads: "Officers working on Operation Yewtree have this evening, 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 wants gravestone to say 'I told you I was innocent'

The entertainer Freddie Starr has told ITV1's This Morning:

If I do have a heart attack and die, on my gravestone will be, 'I told you I was innocent'.

Asked whether he has ever abused underage girls, Mr Starr told ITV News yesterday: "Never. I never have done, I never would do. It's not my style. It's not in me to do that."


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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