Davidson arrested in Savile abuse investigation
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