U.K. broad­caster gets pay­out over false abuse claim

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - NEWS -

LON­DON — Bri­tain’s pros­e­cu­tion ser­vice has agreed to pay undis­closed dam­ages to U.S.-born BBC broad­caster Paul Gam­bac­cini over the way it han­dled un­founded sex abuse al­le­ga­tions against him. The Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice says it and Gam­bac­cini “have reached an agree­ment with­out ad­mis­sion of li­a­bil­ity.” A well-known mu­sic pre­sen­ter, Gam­bac­cini was ar­rested in 2013 and ques­tioned by po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing his­tor­i­cal sex­ual abuse in the wake of rev­e­la­tions about the late BBC TV per­son­al­ity Jimmy Sav­ile, a se­rial preda­tor who abused hun­dreds of vic­tims.

The fol­low­ing year, pros­e­cu­tors said he would face no charges. Gam­bac­cini sued the pros­e­cu­tion ser­vice, say­ing au­thor­i­ties had not made clear that the al­le­ga­tions were base­less and had wrongly sug­gested that his ac­cusers were un­der­age.

The 69-year-old broad­caster told Satur­day’s Daily Mail he is still pur­su­ing sep­a­rate le­gal ac­tion against po­lice.

Paul Gam­bac­cini

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