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Freddie Starr re-arrested on bad day for British TV and radio veterans

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Jan 14, 2014 | 1:20pm EST

British comedian Freddie Starr has been re-arrested by police investigating allegations of sexual abuse connected to the ongoing Operation Yewtree scandal. The 70-year-old entertainer was first questioned by authorities connected to the case in November, 2012, and released on bail pending further inquiries. His latest arrest relates to a further allegation made to detectives, according to Scotland Yard officials. Starr is scheduled to return to police in February (14) for further questioning. Operation Yewtree was set up following a series of sexual abuse allegations against late BBC DJ and TV personality Jimmy Savile. The news of Starr's re-arrest comes just hours after fellow TV stars Bill Roache and Rolf Harris and once-beloved DJ Dave Lee Travis' sexual abuse cases moved forward. Former BBC regular Travis, who denies 13 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault between 1976 and 2008, appeared in court in London on Tuesday (14Jan14) to face accusations he groped a 15-year-old girl in his caravan after meeting her at a concert in 1978, while Coronation Street star Roache's assault trial began at Preston Crown Court in England. Meanwhile, Australian artist and TV personality Harris pleaded not guilty to a string of indecent assault charges at London's Southwark Crown Court, and denied 12 indecent assault charges dating from 1968 to 1986.

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