Jim Davidson 'denies' abuse claims

 

Comedian Jim Davidson “vigorously denies” allegations made against him by two women, his solicitor said in a statement today.

The former Generation Game and Big Break host was questioned by UK detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal over allegations dating back 25 years, his solicitor Henri Brandman said.

Scotland Yard said earlier that a 59-year-old was held in west London at around noon today after a 53-year-old had been arrested in Hampshire at around 8am, both on suspicion of sexual offences linked to Operation Yewtree.

In a statement, Mr Brandman said: “Two women have made allegations in respect of Jim that date back approximately 25 years.

“The complainants were then in their mid 20s.

“Jim vigorously denies the allegations.

“He answered police questions as fully as he was able after this passage of time.

“He has not been charged with any offence.

“Neither he nor I will be making any further comment.”

Police have now questioned 10 men since launching Operation Yewtree in the wake of revelations about Savile last October.

Last month detectives said Savile was suspected of carrying out an unprecedented number of sex offences including 31 rapes, and almost 600 people have come forward with allegations, mostly dealing with sexual abuse.

Officers are dividing their investigation into three strands: offences allegedly committed alone by Savile, who died last year aged 84, offences committed by him with others and offences committed by others alone.

The latest arrests come under the ‘others’ category, police said.

Those already questioned by detectives include publicist Max Clifford, comedian Freddie Starr and former BBC Radio 1 producer Ted Beston, who worked with Savile. They all deny any wrongdoing.

PA/ Reuters