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Freddie Starr denies groping girl and slams ‘despicable’ Jimmy Saville

Freddie Starr with his fiancee Sophie Lee. The comedian has denied allegations he groped a 14-year-old girl. Picture: PA

Freddie Starr with his fiancee Sophie Lee. The comedian has denied allegations he groped a 14-year-old girl. Picture: PA

  • by ANGUS HOWARTH
 

COMEDIAN Freddie Starr has branded Sir Jimmy Savile “despicable” and “disgusting” as he urged police to interview him so he can clear his name.

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The 69-year-old and fiancée Sophie Lea, 34, presented a united front as they appeared on television to deny claims Mr Starr was involved in groping a teenager. One of Savile’s accusers has alleged Starr touched her when she was just 14 when they were both in a BBC dressing room.

Mr Starr was named by Karin Ward who waived her right to anonymity to speak out. She said at one stage she was in the Top of the Pops’ host’s dressing room and claimed Mr Starr was present and “groped” her.

The comedian initially denied being at a recording of a show starring Savile but footage showed he was on the Clunk-Click programme and was sitting inches from Ms Ward.

He now admits he appeared but insisted he would “never, ever, ever touch an underage girl” and had never allowed people in his dressing room.

Asked about Savile, he said: “I think he’s abused his position. Despicable.

“There’s no words to say about what that man’s done and the way he conducted himself. That man’s disgusting.”

 
 
 

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