20 Mar 2013

Jim Davidson ‘vigorously denies’ further sex abuse claims

Comedian Jim Davidson “vigorously denies” the allegations made against him, his solicitor confirms following the star’s re-arrest for further alleged sex offences.

The 59-year-old answered bail today when he was re-arrested following more allegations of sexual offences.

His solicitor Henri Brandman said his client “vigorously denies” all the allegations against him.

Mr Brandman said: “Jim vigorously denies the allegations.

“He has not been charged with any offence. Neither he nor I will be making a further comment.”

The former Big Break and Generation Game host answered bail on Wednesday after he was held in January by detectives working on Operation Yewtree, the national investigation prompted by the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

‘Further arrested’ over sex offence allegations

A Scotland Yard spokesman said a 59-year-old man had been “further arrested on suspicion of sexual offences in connection with further allegations made to Operation Yewtree”.

He was arrested on January 2 in west London, along with a 53-year-old who was held in Hampshire.

They both answered bail today and have again been released on bail until May.

In January, Mr Brandman issued a statement relating to the initial allegations, which were made by two women 25 years ago.

He said at the time: “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.”

Re-arrest of Dave Lee-Travis

Last week DJ Dave Lee Travis was also re-arrested after further allegations were made to Operation Yewtree detectives.

He insisted that his “conscience is clear” and again denied any wrongdoing.

Speaking outside his home in Bedfordshire, the 67-year-old said: “The last four months have been extraordinary. Allegations which I strongly deny have been put to me by the police and to which I have given full and complete answers. I have fully co-operated and my conscience is clear.”

So far 11 people have been arrested under Operation Yewtree.