– An 82-year-old Australian entertainer has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences by officers investigating former BBC star Jimmy Savile.
The pensioner from Berkshire, west of London, is one of 11 people arrested so far under Operation Yewtree, set up in the wake of the Savile scandal.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said there were three categories of people subject to the investigation: Savile himself, people close to the presenter and “others”.
The 82-year-old is in the last category, which is generally people who were in the public spotlight at around the same time”, the spokesman said.
The Berkshire man was interviewed under caution in late November, five days after his house was searched. Police stressed Thursday’s arrest was not connected to the allegations made against Savile.
The arrested man was bailed to a date in May. No mainstream media organisations have named the interviewed man.
A friend of the man’s family expressed shock last year at the raging rumour mill that had been built on the internet. The family friend, who declined to be named, when asked if the entertainer could have committed such offences, replied: “Absolutely not…the whole thing is crazy.”
A close family member, who lives in Sydney, declined to make any comment at that time.
Savile was a hugely popular but eccentric figure, famed for his shock of white hair, track suits and chunky jewellery. But since his death his reputation has been destroyed by revelations that he abused hundreds of children and women.
In a report into his activities, police said earlier this year gang Savile groomed the nation over six decades, hiding behind his fame to assault girls, boys and adult women on BBC premises and in schools and hospitals – Tim Barlass


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