Thursday 19 October 2017

Starr: I want police quiz on grope claims

Anthony Barnes London

COMEDIAN Freddie Starr has said he would welcome the opportunity to speak to police about "devastating" claims that he was involved in groping a teenager.

He spoke out after one of Jimmy Savile's accusers alleged in a TV interview that Starr touched her in a BBC dressing room when she was 14. Starr (69) denied the allegation and said he would never have touched an under-age girl.

In an interview with 'ITV News', the comic said people around him were helping him "get to the bottom" of the claims.

Starr was named by Karin Ward, who waived her right to anonymity to speak out about her claims of sexual abuse at the hands of Savile.

She said at one stage she had been in the 'Top Of The Pops' host's dressing room and claimed that Starr, who was also present, "groped" her.

Starr had initially denied even being at a recording of a show starring Savile, but footage screened on 'Channel 4 News' last night showed that in fact he had been on the 'Clunk Click' programme -- and was sitting only inches away from Ms Ward.

He later conceded that he had been on the show but said he simply did not recall it.

Asked by 'ITV News' whether he had ever fondled an under-age girl, Starr said: "Never. I never have done. I never will do. It's not my style. It's not in me to do that.

"We will get to the bottom of it. I will take this evidence down to the police station and show them. I want a police investigation. I want a police investigation. I want them to interview me."

Irish Independent

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