Prosecutor drops charges against broadcaster Paul Gambaccini

BBC broadcaster Paul Gambaccini will face no further action after being arrested under high-profile sex crime investigation Operation Yewtree.

The 65-year-old had maintained his innocence since he was held on October 29 last year, and today prosecutors said that there was not enough evidence to bring charges.

He said he has faced "12 months of trauma".

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Paul Gambaccini describes 'horror' of sex crime accusations

Paul Gambaccini said he has suffered "12 months of trauma" after being "falsely accused" of historic sex crimes.

Paul Gambaccini. Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

There may be members of the press who will ask me to give interviews or make provocative statements. I will politely decline. To discuss horror in this way is to trivialise it.

I will never trivialise the 12 months of trauma to which I have been unjustly subjected.

I would like to thank my friends, my lawyers and the people of this country for their support during the past year.

Wherever I have gone, I have been stopped in the street by members of the public offering encouragement. I am very grateful. I'll be back at work soon.

– Paul Gambaccini statement issued through his lawyers

The 65-year-old was told today that he will face no further action after he was arrested under high profile investigation Operation Yewtree in October last year.


Paul Gambaccini will not face sex offence charges

Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini will not face charges over allegations of historical sex offences, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.

Paul Gambaccini announcing this year's Ivor Novello Award nominees. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Baljit Ubhey, the Chief Crown Prosecutor of CPS London, said:

“Having carefully reviewed this case, we have decided that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute in relation to allegations of sexual offences made by two males believed to be aged between 14 and 15 at the time of the alleged offending."

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