Comedian Jim Davidson was of course supposed to be in the Celebrity Big Brother house right now, however he was forced to pull out of the Channel 5 show after he was arrested just days before the reality TV series launched last week.
As we reported, Jim was arrested by police who are heading up Operation Yewtree, an inquiry that was established to deal with allegations of sexual assaults that were made against the late TV presenter and DJ Sir Jimmy Savile and “others.”
Jim’s arrest came after two women accused him of “groping” them when they were teenagers, which is an allegation Jim strongly denies.
And in his first interview since his arrest, Jim has told The Sun, “I’ve never forced myself on a girl in my life.”
59 year old Jim, who was released on police bail without charge, added, “It’s not in my make-up to do what I’ve been accused of…
“If a girl wasn’t interested I’d say, ‘F*** it, all right then’ and move on.
“I know at the end of this I will be completely exonerated. I have done nothing wrong.”
Ironically, last year Jim revealed that he believed a “Savile #2” household name celeb was about to be exposed by police, and since then, a number of stars who were at the height of their fame in the sixties and seventies have been quizzed as part of Operation Yewtree.
However, of his arrest, Jim added, “When they put the allegations to me, I was just mystified.
“I can’t remember last week — let alone 25 years ago. But I know this much, I have never, ever taken advantage, or anything else like that, of a woman.
“There was one occasion during a pantomime when a really beautiful dancer got completely rat-a**** during a cast night out.
“She was very, very drunk and I didn’t want her to go home in a cab on her own late at night in that state.
“I gave up my bed in my hotel suite and stayed the night on the floor of the living room.
“I never laid a finger on her even though she was completely comatose and wouldn’t have had a clue what was going on.
“That’s what kind of bloke I am — I’m a gentleman.”
And of having to drop out of his scheduled Big Brother appearance, Jim apparently told a friend, “I was being picked up by a Big Brother car at the airport and literally had my hand on the door when the mobile went and it was the police.
“I just couldn’t believe it. I really couldn’t take in that they wanted to arrest me.”
Last October, while writing online, Jim remarked of the Savile scandal, “There’s a witch-hunt. It’s mad — who’s next in the frame?”
And after his arrest, he told a friend, “I know I said that, but the last thing I thought was that I’d be next.
“I said it was turning into a witch-hunt and that’s what it is. I’m absolutely appalled by what has happened.
“I’ve been a strong supporter of the police, but this has really knocked my belief in British justice. I’m still reeling.”
What do you think about the various arrests in the wake of the Savile scandal? Can all of the allegations be true? Or are there some unscrupulous people making up allegations and simply hopping on the bandwagon for motives relating to financial gain or notoriety?
Personally, I do believe that a lot of the allegations are being fabricated for those reasons, which is awful on two fronts because not only will false allegations possible devalue or put into question the claims of those who were really abused, it can also wreck the lives of those being accused.
Among men recently arrested – such as former Corrie star Andrew Lancel, comedian Freddie Starr and TV personality Stuart Hall – several have either lost their jobs, been suspended from them, or more or less forced to pull out of work commitments.
By law, those claiming to be victims can’t be named, but those they make allegations against can and are, and almost universally there are ‘no smoke without fire’ rumours, which as I say, can and do trash lives.
It’s all very, very sad, but please do share your thoughts on the subject.
For now, here’s a recent news report about the Savile scandal…