Freddie Starr said he seriously contemplated suicide when he was under police investigation for allegations of historic sex abuse.
At one point during the allegations, he was not allowed to be in the house alone with his daughter, or his wife's son, he told The Sun.
The 71-year-old, who now relies on a wheelchair, said:
"I went to the doctors because my legs were shaking. I thought it was MS brought on by all this. But they said it was stress.
"I just had this feeling and was asking myself what the point was of carrying on. I was thinking 'just do it'. I was seriously considering it, but I wanted to clear my name".