Freddie Starr arrested by Savile detectives

Freddie Starr is the latest celebrity implicated in the investigation of the Jimmy Savile scandal. The comedian, whose career was at its peak in the 1970s and 80s, was arrested at his Warwickshire home on suspicion of committing sexual offences. He was later released on bail.

Starr was the second celebrity arrested in the wake of the Savile revelations. Police have already interrogated 70s glam-rocker and convicted paedophile Gary Glitter. The Metropolitan Police confirmed the arrest in a statement: "The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'Savile and others'."

A wide-ranging investigation, under the name Operation Yewtree, has already collated information from more than 300 alleged victims of abuse. It is likely that further arrests of high-profile celebrities will follow.

Starr had anticipated the arrest and had expressed his willingness to help the investigation. "I've always said I want to be interviewed," Starr said. "I've got sick of it. I'm just going to go down there."

A Channel 4 news report had made allegations about Starr’s appearance on Savile’s show Clunk Click in 1974, suggesting that he and the DJ had groped a 14 year-old girl. Starr denied the story, describing himself as "an innocent man being persecuted by the media."

"Never will I go with an underage girl, ever, ever," he told the BBC in an emotional interview. "I would never have anyone in my dressing-room. I know that for a fact." Starr said his former manager had been with him all the time during the recording. "All I did was a guest appearance and I was off, I didn’t hang around the studios. I’m totally innocent."

Starr’s previous notoriety centred on a ludicrous story in The Sun in 1986 headlined 'Freddie Starr ate my hamster', although the story is believed to have been fabricated by the publicist Max Clifford

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