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No prosecution of Freddie Starr

Post by ultimaThule on 06.05.14 18:54

Freddie Starr was today told that he will not be prosecuted in respect of allegations that he committed unspecified sexual offences against 14 individuals: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27294888

As I understand it, Mr Starr was arrested on suspicion of committing sexual offences by Operation Yewtree officers in November 2012 at which time he was bailed by the police to report back as and when required to do so.

This being the case, the fact is that Mr Starr has not been charged with any offence relating to the Met's investigation nor has he made any appearance in a court of law in respect of the allegations made against him.

Under the circumstances, I find the CPS's remarks pernicious in the extreme as they appear to suggest that, despite the decision not to prosecute Mr Starr, there is some substance to the allegations.

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Freddie loses libel claim

Post by Letterwriter on 10.07.15 13:20

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33477004



Comedian Freddie Starr has lost his High Court claim against Karin Ward, who said he groped her when she was 15.
Ms Ward, 56, alleges that the assault took place in 1974 behind the scenes of Jimmy Savile's Clunk Click TV show.
Mr Starr, 72, of Studley, Warwickshire, denied the claims and sought damages for alleged slander and libel.
Judge Mr Justice Nicol said the case failed because Ms Ward's testimony was found to be true, and because too much time had lapsed.
The entertainer says he has lost £300,000 from shows being cancelled over the allegations.
He sued over interviews given to the BBC and ITV in October 2012, statements on a website and those made in an eBook about Ms Ward's life.
Mr Starr is now reportedly facing a £1m bill in costs.
A previous criminal investigation into Ms Ward's claims by the Crown Prosecution Service decided no charges would be brought.

'Wrecked marriages'

Mother-of-seven Ms Ward - a pupil at Duncroft Approved School, in Staines, Surrey, in March 1974 - told the court Mr Starr had also made a lewd comment about her chest.
"I carried that phrase with me all my life and it certainly helped to wreck three marriages," she said.
Ms Ward, who is from Oswestry, Shropshire, also said she was sexually abused by Savile more than once in return for going to BBC Television Centre in London and being in the Clunk Click audience.
She said she had been given lithium while at her school, which had affected her memory, but that she "very vividly" remembered that Mr Starr smelled of alcohol and cologne.
She also said Mr Starr "behaved in the same way that every red-blooded male behaved in 1974 when it was perfectly acceptable" and because of this acceptance, she had not complained.
"It was known back then as a 'goose', when a man would put his hand under a girl's buttocks and give it a squeeze and usually say 'goose' and, at the same time, reach for her breasts and say 'honk, honk'," she told the court.
"He got as far as the 'goose' and I recoiled because, while I expected that kind of behaviour from all men and was used to it, I was distressed because the smell reminded me of my stepfather."
Freddie Starr was a popular entertainer in the 1970s and 1980s

'Come forward'

Ms Ward told the judge, who heard the case without a jury, that she was "not prepared to apologise to the claimant or retract what I have said, because I have told the truth about him".
Speaking after the ruling, she said she was "relieved" at the outcome.
"For anyone who hasn't yet dared to come forward, I say - do not take this case as a reason not to do so. Stand tall, it wasn't your fault, and you have a right to be heard without fear or threat of not being believed.
"You may have had no voice and no choice when you were younger, but now you do."
During the hearing, Mr Starr had rejected the allegation that he had groped the teenager in Savile's dressing-room, saying his "moral compass" would not allow him to perform such an act.
He also said he had never groped anyone and denied having "wandering hands".
In his ruling, Mr Nicol said that the slander based on Ms Ward's interview to the BBC failed because it was brought outside the legal time limit.
The libel claim from the BBC interview in Panorama failed because Ms Ward was not liable for the composite broadcast, and the slander claim from the ITV interview failed because Ms Ward proved it was true that Mr Starr groped and humiliated her, the judge said.

Savile revelations

The claim over the eBook related to allegations which Ms Ward had proved were true, the judge also ruled.
Ms Ward's solicitor, Helen Morris, said in a statement after the ruling that the allegation about Mr Starr was made during two interviews Ms Ward gave about the sexual abuse at the hands of Jimmy Savile.
She said Ms Ward had been abandoned by the two broadcasters who interviewed her and had been treated "disgracefully".
"It is particularly egregious for the BBC and ITV/ITN to have done so when Karin Ward put her head above the parapet to speak out about Savile," she said.
She also said journalists from the Newsnight and Exposure television programmes had given evidence, in which they said Ms Ward had performed a public service by being the first victim of Savile to speak out, which resulted in 500 of his victims coming forward.
A BBC spokesman said Mr Starr sued Ms Ward over ITV reports and other online material that had been made before the BBC Panorama broadcast in October 2012.
"As a contributor to BBC output, the BBC offered to help Ms Ward with a contribution to her legal costs before the trial and remains willing to discuss a fair contribution to her costs, if these cannot be recovered from Mr Starr as ordered by the court."
The police undertook a full investigation into the allegation made by Ms Ward and a further 13 additional complainants who also put forward allegations against Mr Starr.

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Re: No prosecution of Freddie Starr

Post by tigger on 10.07.15 18:22

There's probably still a case pending on that hamster he ate once, according to the Sun iirc.  It wasn't even his own! big grin

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Re: No prosecution of Freddie Starr

Post by BlueBag on 11.07.15 8:21

Mother-of-seven Ms Ward - a pupil at Duncroft Approved School, in Staines, Surrey, in March 1974 - told the court Mr Starr had also made a lewd comment about her chest.
"I carried that phrase with me all my life and it certainly helped to wreck three marriages," she said.

Completely absurd.

It seems some people are just on the make.

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Re: No prosecution of Freddie Starr

Post by tigger on 11.07.15 10:03

@BlueBag wrote:
Mother-of-seven Ms Ward - a pupil at Duncroft Approved School, in Staines, Surrey, in March 1974 - told the court Mr Starr had also made a lewd comment about her chest.
"I carried that phrase with me all my life and it certainly helped to wreck three marriages," she said.

Completely absurd.

It seems some people are just on the make.

Agree. The danger here is that these bandwagon jumpers are negatively influencing the real crimes committed on women and girls.  Gropers and suchlike in my experience  were dealt with with a well-placed pointed heel on an instep and or a resounding slap. Three marriages wrecked seems a bit of an exaggeration to put it mildly, the common denominator in all three marital wrecks being this poor little woman.

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