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A solicitor for the comedian Jim Davidson has said his client denies allegations against him following his arrest under Operation Yewtree.
It is being reported that the comedian Jim Davidson has been arrested under Operation Yewtree, the police probe into Jimmy Savile claims.
Jim Davidson's solicitor said tonight the comedian "vigorously denies" the allegations made against him, following the star's re-arrest over further claims of sexual offences.
Former Generation Game and Big Break host Jim Davidson has been released on bail until May.
Davidson was originally arrested on January 2 in west London, along with a 53 year old who was held in Hampshire. The unnamed 53 year old has also been released on bail until May.
Last week DJ Dave Lee Travis was re-arrested after further allegations were made to Operation Yewtree detectives.
Speaking outside his home in Bedfordshire, the 67-year-old insisted his "conscience is clear" and again denied any wrongdoing.
So far 11 people have been arrested under Operation Yewtree, the investigation prompted by the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.
Jim Davidson, 59, answered bail today after being held in January by detectives working on Operation Yewtree, the investigation prompted by the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said a 59-year-old man had been "further arrested on suspicion of sexual offences in connection with further allegations made to Operation Yewtree".
At the time of his first arrest in January, Davidson's solicitor Henri Brandman issued a statement to say he "vigorously denied" the allegations.
Comedian Jim Davidson has been re-arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal following further allegations of sexual offences, the Press Association reported.
Jim Davidson is not expected to appear as a contestant in the Celebrity Big Brother house following his arrest over allegations of sexual offences.
The comedian is not included in a list of the featuring celebrities circulated to the media ahead of tonight's series-opening show. The list of names cannot be reported until the show has aired.
Davidson was yesterday questioned by detectives over the allegations, which he denies.
Asked about a report that Jim Davidson has been replaced on Celebrity Big Brother, which is to start this evening, a Channel 5 spokesman said:
"We don't comment on line-up rumours. We never talk about the speculation."
The Daily Star Sunday TV reporter Edward Gleave has tweeted that Jim Davidson has been replaced in tonight's Celebrity Big Brother:
Just interviewed the celeb replacing Jim Davidson in #cbb and think they could be a potential winner. Really nice and razor sharp wit
– Metropolitan Police statement
On 2 January 2013 officers working on Operation Yewtree arrested two men on suspicion of sexual offences.
A 53-year-old man ('Yewtree 9') was arrested at approx. 08.00hrs at an address in Hampshire and taken into custody locally.
A 59-year-old man ('Yewtree 10') was arrested at approx. 12.00hrs
(midday) in west London and taken into custody at a London police station.
Both individuals fall under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'others'.
This evening (2 January 2013) both men were bailed to return to the respective police stations in March 2013, pending further inquiries.
Jim Davidson was reportedly arrested at Heathrow Airport as he returned to the UK to appear as a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother.
Channel 5 would not comment on his inclusion in the show, which returns to screens tomorrow evening. Programme chiefs are now believed to be making last-minute changes to the line-up.
Other figures who are said to be appearing include Frankie Dettori, X Factor star Rylan Clark and the model and actress Paula Hamilton.