Saturday 22 October 2016

Gambaccini book covers year on bail

Published 05/05/2015 | 14:21

Paul Gambaccini's book is described as a 'no-holds barred story'
Paul Gambaccini's book is described as a 'no-holds barred story'

Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini is putting pen to paper in a memoir about the 12 months he spent on bail before he was told he would not be charged over allegations of historic sex abuse.

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The DJ has previously said he forfeited more than £200,000 in lost earnings and legal costs during his year on bail when he was unable to work because of publicity surrounding the allegations.

The book, called Love, Paul Gambaccini, will be published in September and is described as a "no-holds barred story".

He said: "When I was sitting in a jail cell waiting for a solicitor, I made myself three promises. I would lose weight, become a better piano player and write a book about whatever was about to occur. I am glad to say I shed a stone, learned several of Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words and wrote Love, Paul Gambaccini."

Gambaccini, who has been a fixture on UK radio for decades, stepped down from his shows shortly after his arrest and only returned to radio in November.

Giving evidence to a parliamentary committee in March, Gambaccini backed a 28-day limit on the use of police bail.

He told the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee that he believed he was used as human "fly paper", as his arrest was publicised by police in the hope that other people would come forward to make allegations against him.

And he said he suspected that his bail was repeatedly extended until the end of high-profile cases involving other showbusiness figures because detectives working on Operation Yewtree - the police investigation into historic sex offences launched in the wake of the exposure of Jimmy Savile's crimes - did not want juries to hear that a former Radio 1 DJ had been cleared of sexual wrongdoing.

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