Friday 17 November 2017

BBC radio veteran arrested by UK sex probe police

Paul Gambaccini
Paul Gambaccini

Veteran broadcaster Paul Gambaccini has confirmed that he was arrested as part of the Metropolitan Police's Operation Yewtree investigation, and has denied all the allegations.

The 64-year-old, below, was arrested by Metropolitan Police as part of the force's investigation into historic sexual offences.

BBC broadcaster Gambaccini denied the claims, saying in a statement: "On Monday night, October 28, I attended an excellent production of the Kander and Ebb musical, 'The Scottsboro Boys', at the Young Vic theatre.

"It concerned a group of black men in Alabama in the 1930s who were falsely accused of sexual offences.

"Within hours, I was arrested by Operation Yewtree. Nothing had changed, except this time there was no music."

A spokesman for Gambaccini said: "Mr Gambaccini was interviewed by Operation Yewtree officers about historic allegations. He answered their questions and was co-operative. He denied all allegations."

Operation Yewtree is the national investigation prompted after claims were made against disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile.

Scotland Yard has led the probe, and separated its inquiries into those involving Savile, those involving Savile and others, and those involving others.

The BBC confirmed that Gambaccini would not be presenting his Radio 2 show tomorrow.

A spokesman for the broadcaster said: "Paul Gambaccini has decided that, in light of today's media attention, he would rather not be on air at present and we respect that decision."

A police spokesman refused to confirm the identity of the arrested man, but said: "The man was arrested at an address in south London on suspicion of sexual offences and taken into police custody."

Irish Independent

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