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BBC DJ Paul Gambaccini arrested over historical sexual offences

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Nov 01, 2013 | 3:43pm EDT

Veteran BBC broadcaster Paul Gambaccini has been arrested and quizzed about historical sexual offences as part of a wide-ranging U.K. police investigation launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile child abuse revelations. The 64-year-old DJ was held in custody at his home in South London on Tuesday (29Oct13) to answer questions regarding Scotland Yard's Operation Yewtree. He was bailed until January (14) and has since denied any wrongdoing after the news emerged on Friday (01Nov13). A statement released by his spokesman reads: "Mr Gambaccini was interviewed by Operation Yewtree officers about historic allegations. He answered their questions and was co-operative. He denied all allegations." Gambaccini's arrest was not directly connected to the hundreds of child molestation claims brought against late TV host Savile following his death in 2011. In light of the police investigation, Gambaccini has temporarily stepped down from presenting his Saturday show on BBC Radio 2. A host of veteran celebrities, including publicist Max Clifford, comedian Jim Davidson and former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis, have all been questioned over the past several months in connection with Operation Yewtree.

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