Right from the start of the current Jimmy Savile scandal that hit us a few weeks ago, other celebrity names have been linked to the late TV presenter, and his paedophilic behaviour, in particular Gary Glitter and Freddie Starr.
Gary Glitter was convicted in 1999 for possession of child pornography in the United Kingdom, then in 2006, a court in Vietnam found him guilty of committing obscene acts with minors, but no similar charges, or rumours, up until this point, had ever come out about Freddie.
However, in the Newsnight documentary canned last year, a statement from one of Savile’s alleged victims, Karin Ward, claimed that Starr had groped her as well, in Jimmy Savile’s BBC dressing room.
With Scotland Yard officers in charge of the on-going investigation warning that every person whose name they have been given, famous or otherwise, throughout the 400 lines of enquiry currently open, will be sought after and interrogated, Freddie Starr has now come forward to say that he is happy to talk to police.
Last night a spokesperson for the comedian stated that he had already offered to be formally interviewed by the police regarding the allegations against him, but that the police had said they did not need to do so, so the Sun newspaper reports.
Starr stood outside his mansion in Studley, Warwicks, clutching the hand of his six-year-old daughter and confirmed: “I have said from the word go that I wanted to be interviewed for this.”
He added: “Everybody, the press, the police, people at the BBC, they knew that things were going on with Jimmy Savile. Everybody is guilty of this. You can put the finger on everybody at the BBC.”
Karin Ward, whose statement was finally heard earlier this week in a Panorama investigation into the alleged abuse, and alleged cover up of Savile’s behaviour, claims that Starr groped her in the dressing room after an episode of Clunk-Click had been recorded back in 1974, when she was just 14 years old.
Karin, who was a pupil at Duncroft approved school in Staines, Surrey, also claims that Gary Glitter was in the room with a 13-year-old girl.
Starr said earlier this month: “I’ve never touched an underage girl in my life. I have never been in any situation with Jimmy Savile and Gary Glitter. Don’t tar me with the same brush as a scumbag and a paedophile.”
He also claims he had never met Karin, and branded her a “nutter”, but then archive footage from a Clunk-Clink episode in 1974 emerged, proving him wrong.
But Scotland Yard — who are investigating over 300 accusations against Savile and others linked to him and the BBC — declined to comment as to whether police have actually said they don’t want to talk to Starr, or whether he is still of interest to them in this case.