DR FOX QUIZZED OVER SEX CLAIMS Pop Idol star ar­rested at ra­dio sta­tion

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JUSTIN DUNN

EN­TER­TAINER Neil “Dr” Fox was ar­rested yes­ter­day on sus­pi­cion of his­tor­i­cal sex of­fences – just after pre­sent­ing his break­fast ra­dio show.

The for­mer Pop Idol judge was last night be­ing quizzed at a cen­tral London po­lice sta­tion over claims he as­saulted two women.

A Scot­land Yard spokesman said de­tec­tives searched ad­dresses in Chelsea, west London, and Lit­tle­hamp­ton, West Sus­sex, as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged his­tor­i­cal sex of­fences.

Scan­dal

He said: “Of­fi­cers from West­min­ster have this morn­ing, Tues­day, Septem­ber 30, ar­rested a 53-year-old man fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of his­toric sex­ual as­sault against two women.

“The man re­mains in cus­tody at a cen­tral London po­lice sta­tion.”

The ar­rest was not part of Op­er­a­tion Yewtree – the probe into al­le­ga­tions of his­tor­i­cal abuse sparked by the Jimmy Sav­ile scan­dal.

Fox is un­der­stood to have been held at the Golden Square of­fices of Magic FM shortly after com­ing off air at 10am yes­ter­day.

He rose to fame as a ra­dio DJ in the 1990s on Cap­i­tal FM and hosted the Top 40 chart on Sun­day af­ter­noon which soared in pop­u­lar­ity and at one time had a big­ger au­di­ence than its Ra­dio 1 ri­val.

Fox, from Har­row, Mid­dle­sex, was later ru­moured to have been of­fered the cov­eted break­fast slot on Ra­dio 1, fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Chris Evans.

Cow­ell

He went on to present a Chan­nel 5 TV show based around the Pepsi Top 40 Chart and later was made a judge along­side Si­mon Cow­ell, Pete Water­man and Nicki Chap­man on ITV’s Pop Idol.

Since 2005, Fox has been the break­fast pre­sen­ter on 105.4 Magic FM.

He is mar­ried with three chil­dren.

HELD: Fox was ques­tioned by po­lice yes­ter­day

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