Starr devastated at grope claims

Congleton Guardian: Freddie Starr, pictured with his fiancee Sophie Lee, has denied any wrongdoing Freddie Starr, pictured with his fiancee Sophie Lee, has denied any wrongdoing

Freddie Starr has said he would welcome the opportunity to speak to police about "devastating" claims he was involved in groping a teenager.

He spoke out after one of Sir Jimmy Savile's accusers alleged in a TV interview that Starr had touched her when she was just 14 when they were both in a BBC dressing room.

The 69-year-old comedian denied the allegation and said he would never have touched an under-age girl.

Asked by ITV News whether he had ever fondled an under-age girl, Starr said: "Never. I never have done. I never will do. It's not my style. It's not in me to do that.

"If there's one thing I hate, close to my heart, is paedophiles. I cannot stand them. To be accused like this is devastating. I've got to fight back.

"We will get to the bottom of it. I will take this evidence down to the police station and show them. I want a police investigation. I want a police investigation. I want them to interview me."

One of Savile's accusers claimed in an interview that Starr was present in the TV presenter's dressing room in the 1970s and touched her.

Starr initially denied ever being on one of Savile's shows when the claim came to light last week as numerous women came forward to make allegations about the late Top Of The Pops host.

But footage has since been found showing Starr on Savile's show Clunk Click, sitting just inches from Karin Ward, who was 14 at the time of the recording.

Starr said he did not recall ever meeting Ms Ward, and even viewing the footage did not jog any memories. "You're asking me 40 years ago, do I remember? I get asked silly questions like this from the audience - 'I met you 35 years ago, do you remember?'."

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