David­son ar­rested in Sav­ile abuse in­ves­ti­ga­tion

The Daily Telegraph - - Front Page - By Martin Evans, Crime Cor­re­spon­dent

JIM DAVID­SON, the en­ter­tainer, has been ar­rested by of­fi­cers work­ing on the Jimmy Sav­ile sex abuse in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The 59-year-old co­me­dian was de­tained at Heathrow Air­port as he flew into Bri­tain for an an­tic­i­pated ap­pear­ance on Chan­nel 5’s Celebrity Big

Brother show, it was claimed. Re­ports said that he was ar­rested at around mid­day by de­tec­tives from Op­er­a­tion Yewtree, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion set up in the wake of the Sav­ile child sex rev­e­la­tions. Mr David­son was taken to a Lon­don po­lice sta­tion where he was ques­tioned on sus­pi­cion of sex­ual of­fences, it was re­ported. The al­le­ga­tions, which he vig­or­ously de­nies, were made by two women and date back ap­prox­i­mately 25 years, ac­cord­ing to his so­lic­i­tor.

The ar­rest came sev­eral hours af­ter a 53-year-old man from Hamp­shire was ar­rested as part of the same in­ves­ti­ga­tion. It is un­der­stood the man was also an en­ter­tainer, who had worked with Mr David­son in the past.

They are the ninth and 10th peo­ple to be ar­rested as part of Op­er­a­tion Yewtree, which is in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions of abuse in­volv­ing Sav­ile and oth­ers.

A spokesman for Scot­land Yard said the ar­rests were not con­nected to al­le­ga­tions in­volv­ing Sav­ile.

The spokesman said: “Of­fi­cers work­ing on Op­er­a­tion Yewtree have to­day ar­rested two men on sus­pi­cion of sex­ual of­fences. A 53-year-old man was ar­rested at ap­prox­i­mately 8am at an ad­dress in Hamp­shire and taken into cus­tody lo­cally. A 59-year-old man was ar­rested at ap­prox­i­mately mid­day in west Lon­don and taken into cus­tody at a Lon­don po­lice sta­tion.” Po­lice said later that both men had been bailed un­til March pend­ing fur­ther in­quiries.

Mr David­son was un­der­stood to be pre­par­ing to take part in Celebrity Big

Brother, which is due to be­gin broad­cast­ing tonight.

Mr David­son’s so­lic­i­tor, Henri Brand­man, said that the en­ter­tainer “vig­or­ously de­nies” the al­le­ga­tions. In a state­ment, Mr Brand­man said: “Two women have made al­le­ga­tions in re­spect of Jim that date back ap­prox­i­mately 25 years. The com­plainants were then in their mid 20s. “Jim vig­or­ously de­nies the al­le­ga­tions. “He an­swered po­lice ques­tions as fully as he was able af­ter this pas­sage of time. He has not been charged with any of­fence.”

Jim David­son pic­tured with his fifth wife, Michelle. Mr David­son’s so­lic­i­tor said he ‘vig­or­ously de­nies’ the al­le­ga­tions

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