Freddie Starr not allowed to look after children alone
Comedian Freddie Starr has been left feeling "suicidal" since authorities banned him from looking after his children alone following his arrest in connection with the Jimmy Savile sex abuse investigation.
The TV star was arrested in Warwickshire earlier this month on suspicion of sexual offences.
He was bailed and vehemently denies allegations he groped a 14-year-old girl while in a room with Savile, who is claimed to have abused up to 300 youngsters throughout his long-running entertainment career.
Starr has now revealed he is at his lowest ebb after officials from social services ruled he cannot be left alone with his daughter, aged six, and his fiancee Sophie Lea's 12-year-old son.
In an interview with the Daily Mirror, he says, "My life is ruined. I feel so desperate at times I want to go and end it all.
"It's heartbreaking because I'm totally innocent. It makes me feel suicidal. I don't think I can ever work again - how can I put a comedy face on after this?
"I'm no sex pest. But right now I can only have supervised contact with my kids. If (fiancee) Sophie goes out I can't be left alone with them in my own house. The way I'm being treated is humiliating. The kids are suffering too.
"A fella (man) came round and told me that as police were investigating me they had to pass my details on to social services.
"I've had to sign a piece of paper to say I can't be left alone with my own children and I must be supervised at all times by another adult whenever I'm with them."
A spokesperson for the social services department at Warwickshire Council says, "If a person has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences one criteria stipulates they can't be left alone with children."
what do you think?
She's probably safer being looked after by him. She seemed happy enough the other day in the video.
Imagine how terrible this must be for the people wrongly accused. Or the children whose carers are never investigated.
The whole thing is very sad either way. Not sure why he keeps protesting his innocence so loudly in the media though-very fishy if you ask me. I think that "groping a 14 year old" in the 1970's would have been treated as opportunistic naughtiness rather than as evidence of paedophilia or indicated that small children were in danger from him. It is good the world has moved on to see these things as inappropriate now but they were different times. I certainly was not easily scared by a grope at aged 14 and was quite curious. A slap round the face/kick in the ghoulies sorted most of them out!
Tried to comment a couple of days ago but my post was removed. Anyone see him facing the press at his gate, holding his daughters hand. Her presence was entirely innappropriate given what was being discussed. He held her hand and moved her arm everytime he gestured, like he hardly noticed she was there. She looked like a convenient prop and the whole episode made me feel uncomfortable