Davidson sex offence charges dropped

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Comedian Jim Davidson will face no further action in the UK after being arrested on suspicion of historic sexual offences earlier this year.

The 59-year-old was held in January by detectives from Operation Yewtree, the national investigation sparked by the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal, and re-arrested in March after further allegations.

Davidson said he was “pleased” after being told yesterday he will face no further action in this country. One remaining claim has been referred to an authority outside the UK.

His solicitor, Henri Brandman, said: “My client, Jim Davidson, was arrested a number of months ago in respect of allegations of an historical sexual nature.”

He added: “He is pleased to have received news that there will be no further action relating to the allegations.”

The comedian has consistently denied the allegations against him, which were said to involve a number of women and one claim dated back 35 years.

The allegations were not connected to television presenter Savile, and Davidson previously said all the alleged victims were adults at the time of the claims.

He and a 53-year-old man who was also arrested in January were released from bail and told they will face no further action.

A Scotland Yard spokesman did not name the performer, but said: “There remains one outstanding allegation originally referred to Operation Yewtree that falls outside UK jurisdiction which has been referred to the relevant authority.”

Prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence in relation to 10 allegations, one of which related to both men, and nine others that were made against Davidson.

A Crown Prosecution spokesman said: “We have determined that there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction in relation to all complaints.”