Dr Starkey faces Met probe into ‘ race hate’
HISTORIAN David Starkey vowed to defend himself “robustly” as he revealed he is under police investigation for allegedly stirring up racial hatred.
Dr Starkey is being probed following a controversial YouTube interview with journalist Darren Grimes in June.
Questioned about claims made by the Black Lives Matter movement, the historian said: “Slavery was not genocide, otherwise there wouldn’t be so many damn blacks in Africa or Britain, would there? An awful lot of them survived.”
In a furious backlash, the distinguished academic, author and broadcaster was dropped by universities.
Dr Starkey, 75, unreservedly apologised for his “blundering” use of language.
He repeated the apology yesterday as he revealed he has received an email from the Metropolitan Police.
Dr Starkey said in a statement: “I have apologised unreservedly for the words used and I do so again today.
“It was a serious error for which I have already paid a significant price.”
Mr Grimes, 27, was sent a similar email from the Met last week. He said the police inquiry had “serious repercussions for freedom of expression”.