Entertainer, 82, bailed in sex probe

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A prominent Australian entertainer has been arrested by Scotland Yard detectives on suspicion of sexual offences.

The 82-year-old from Berkshire in southeast England was released on bail after being interviewed by police.

The man, who has not been named, is the 11th suspect to be arrested under Operation Yewtree, set up last year to probe hundreds of claims of sexual assault and paedophilia against British entertainer Jimmy Savile.

Police yesterday said the latest arrest was not directly linked to Savile, who died aged 84 in 2011, but one of two other inquiries related to alleged sexual misconduct by other high-profile stars.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the man had been bailed, pending further inquiries, to appear before police again in May. The entertainer was first interviewed by British police on November 29.

Savile has been branded one of Britain's worst serial child sexual abusers with up to 450 victims as young as 9 years old over five decades.

Others arrested under Yewtree include former pop star Gary Glitter, comedians Freddie Starr and Jim Davidson, PR guru to the stars Max Clifford, former It's a Knock Out star Stuart Hall and DJ Dave Lee Travis.

All except Glitter have denied any wrongdoing.

- Herald on Sunday

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