Jim Davidson "vigorously denies" sex abuse allegations

Former TV personality, who was believed to be on his way to join the Celebrity Big Brother house, has been released on bail by police investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal

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Jim Davidson "vigorously denies" sex abuse allegations
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Tom Cole

Following his arrest yesterday, former TV personality Jim Davidson says he “vigorously denies” claims made against him.

Davidson was one of two men arrested on Wednesday by officers from Operation Yewtree, which has been set up to investigate allegations made in the wake of the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal.

Both individuals were arrested under the strand of the investigation called “others”, and the Met said the allegations are not linked to Savile.

Davidson has been bailed to return in March following further inquiries.

In a statement, Davidson's solicitor Henri Brandman said that two women have made allegations dating back around 25 years and that the complainants “were then in their mid-20s.”

He said: "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. Neither he nor I will be making any further comment."

Davidson was reportedly apprehended at Heathrow Airport as he returned to the UK to take part in the new series of Celebrity Big Brother, which begins tonight on Channel 5.

Scotland Yard is currently leading a nationwide investigation into allegations against Savile and a number of other high profile individuals.

The inquiry has been divided into three strands: claims against Savile, those involving Savile, and those involving other individuals.

Officers have questioned a number of people as part of the investigation including PR guru Max Clifford, comedian Freddie Starr and disgraced pop star Gary Glitter.

Over 580 people have come forward with information relating to the scandal, with a total of 450 complaints having been made about Jimmy Savile.

Jim Davidson found fame after appearing on the ITV talent contest New Faces in 1976, and was once one of Britain’s most popular stand-up comedians. He also appeared in TV sitcoms like Up the Elephant and Around the Castle, and later became the host of light entertainment TV shows Big Break and The Generation Game.

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