Freddie Starr DID grope and humiliate schoolgirl in Jimmy Savile’s dressing room in 1974, rules High Court judge in £300,000 defamation case
- Freddie Starr has lost £300,000 defamation battle at High Court in London
- Father-of-five, 72, had launched legal claim against 55-year-old Karin Ward
- Ms Ward claimed comedian molested her in Jimmy Savile’s dressing room
- Starr has never been charged over allegations of historic sexual abuse
Comedian Freddie Starr, 72, (pictured above outside his home in Warwickshire last year) was arrested under Operation Yewtree but never charged by police over allegations of historic sexual abuse
Freddie Starr groped and humiliated a 15-year-old schoolgirl in Jimmy Savile’s dressing room in 1974, a High Court judge has ruled while dismissing the comedian’s £3000,000 claim for defamation.
Mr Justice Nicol, who dismissed the 72-year-old’s claims for slander and libel at the High Court in London today, said that Karin Ward had proved the truth of her allegations.
Ms Ward, 57, whose testimony was pivotal in exposing disgraced former DJ Savile, had claimed that Starr molested her at the BBC studios when she was a schoolgirl in 1974.
Starr, claimed he lost £300,000 in earnings as a result of the allegations by Ms Ward, who gave interviews about being ‘horribly, horribly humiliated by Starr’.
She claimed he had ‘wandering hands’ and had ‘groped’ her during filming of an episode of television show Clunk Click in 1974.
He initially insisted he had never met the then-15 year-old and branded her a ‘nutter’ but was forced to climbdown after footage emerged of Ms Ward sitting behind him on the TV programme.
However, the comedian – who was married to the second of his four wives at the time – said he had never groped anyone in his life and it was untrue that he had ‘wandering hands’.
He insisted it was not in his ‘moral compass’ to have groped her and called her a ‘t**less wonder’.
Starr, who now faces a costs bill estimated at about £1million, sued over interviews given to the BBC and ITV in October 2012 and statements on a website and in an eBook.
He insisted Ms Ward’s allegations were ‘entirely untrue’, seeking damages and aggravated damages, as well as an injunction to stop her repeating the claims.
Ms Ward, 57, who relied on the defences of justification and public interest, told the court that she was sexually abused by her stepfather from the age of four and Starr’s ‘extremely unpleasant’ smell reminded her of him.
The mother-of-seven, a pupil at Duncroft Approved School at the time, said she had performed a sexual act on Savile more than once in return for going to the BBC Television Centre in London for his Clunk Click show.
She was given lithium at the school, which had affected her memory, but ‘very vividly’ remembered that Starr stank of alcohol and cologne.
Starr, who attended last month’s trial in London in a wheelchair but was not in court for today’s ruling, said in evidence that he did not drink, and never had done.
Questioned about sexual attitudes in the 1970s, he said he was not a bottom pincher but would lightly slap a young woman’s bottom.
He said: ‘It wasn’t anything sexual. It didn’t mean anything. It just meant she had a lovely bum.
Starr, 72, has lost his defamation claim against Karin Ward (pictured outside London’s High Court today) who claimed Starr molested her when she was aged 15 in 1974. The judge ruled Starr did grope and humiliate her
Starr insisted he had never met the then-15 year-old Karin Ward (pictured in yellow behind Starr) but was forced to climbdown after this footage emerged of Ms Ward sitting behind him on 1974 TV show Clunk Click
‘I’m sorry about the 70s. That’s the way it was. If someone reacted adversely, I would apologise immediately.’
He said that Ms Ward and two women who made allegations about him that night had stayed in touch over the last 40 years.
He said: ‘They all went to the same school, wore the same school tie and they are all telling lies, and that’s the truth of the matter. This whole thing is ridiculous.’
Ms Ward said she did not think that any of the girls at the school realised they were being abused, telling the court: ‘We just used to refer to Jimmy Savile as a dirty old man and we would giggle about it.’
The police undertook a full investigation into the allegation made by Ms Ward and a further 13 additional complainants who put forward allegations but the Crown Prosecution Service decided that no charges would be brought.
Challenged by Starr’s counsel that the comedian had not touched her, Ms Ward said: ‘Oh he did – but he behaved in the same way that every red-blooded male behaved in 1974 when it was perfectly acceptable. That wasn’t what I objected to.
‘I didn’t like the way he smelt, reminiscent of my stepfather, and I would have preferred him to stay away from me but I wasn’t really bothered.
‘It wasn’t a bottom pinch or a slap. It was known back then as a ‘goose’, when a man would put his hand under a girl’s buttocks and give it a squeeze and usually say ‘goose’ and, at the same time, reach for her breasts and say ‘honk, honk’. That was supposed to be funny.
‘He got as far as the “goose” and I recoiled because, while I expected that kind of behaviour from all men and was used to it, I was distressed because the smell reminded me of my stepfather.
‘I have never complained about it because it was acceptable at the time. The only thing I complained about was that he called me a ‘t**less wonder’ in a room full of people.’
Ms Ward said that she was not calling Starr a paedophile – and never had done.
She said: ‘He didn’t do anything wrong. I am not objecting to the fact that he goosed me. That is fine. I couldn’t number the amount of men who have done that to me.’
Ms Ward said she had no idea that what she had written about her life was going to be spread all over the globe.
‘Had I ever, ever anticipated that anything like this might possibly happen – I am very very naive, I am very silly, I am a complete technophobe.’
Ms Ward denied the slander and libel claims and relied on the defences of justification and public interest.
Dismissing the case, the judge said: ‘She (Ward) has proved that it was true that he groped her – an under-age schoolgirl – and humiliated her by calling her a ‘t**less wonder’.
‘His behaviour and smell also frightened her because it reminded her of her stepfather who had sexually abused her as a child. Because her words were true, this claim fails.’
The judge said that, in truth, Starr had no recollection of what actually happened on that evening.
An extract from one of his performances, in which two women were called on stage, showed that he felt free to raise a laugh at another person’s embarrassment about her body.
Starr, 72, (left) had launched a £300,000 claim for defamation against Karin Ward (pictured right in Novemeber 2013) but lost it at the High Court today after the judge ruled that her claims of groping by Starr were true
And, despite Starr’s evidence that he kept away from women younger than 22 or 23, the independent evidence of two other 15-year-olds about his behaviour at the Clunk Click show, contradicted that and supported Ms Ward’s account that his interest in women included girls of her age.
In his ruling, the judge said that the claim in slander based on Ms Ward’s interview to the BBC was brought outside the legal time limit and therefore failed.
The claim in libel was based on the broadcast of a clip from the BBC interview in Panorama and Ms Ward was not liable for the composite broadcast.
The interview which she gave to ITV, which had given rise to a slander claim, failed because Ms Ward had proved that it was true that Starr groped her – an under-age schoolgirl – and humiliated her by calling her a ‘t**less wonder’.
Starr had sued Ms Ward over the publication of her memoir on a website only after October 2012 but he had not been able to prove it was still available after that date and so that claim also failed.
Afterwards, Ms Ward, said she was ‘relieved’ at the decision.
She said: ‘For anyone who hasn’t yet dared to come forward, I say: do not take this case as a reason not to do so.
‘Stand tall, it wasn’t your fault, and you have a right to be heard without fear or threat of not being believed.
‘You may have had no voice and no choice when you were younger, but now you do. Don’t give in to bullies.’
The verdict is a vindication for Ms Ward, who was left to fight the case alone after the BBC refused to back her in court.
She claimed that the BBC told her Starr would not be identified in any broadcast – only to later show her interview on Panorama without her permission.
Her barrister David Price QC said: ‘It would have been nice if they had provided some meaningful assistance to my client during the litigation, rather than letting her twist in the wind.’
The BBC hasn’t released the true extent of the paedophile ring working within its ranks. 1997 BBC Personality of the Year and presenter of the BBC programme Crimewatch, Jill Dando died because of it. Paedophiles & sex offenders in the BBC that are publicly known, minus the missing staff who aren’t famous & names haven’t been mentioned;
- Roman Catholic convert Eric Gill (Zoophile paedophile) [Link]
- Roman Catholic Satanist Jimmy Savile (Necrophiliac paedophile) [Link]
- (Suicide) David Smith (Paedophile) [Link]
- Rolf Harris (Paedophile) [Link]
- Freddie Star (Paedophile) [Link]
- BBC Executive (Paedophile) [Link]
- Michael Souter (Paedophile) [Link]
- Simon Warr (Paedophile) [Link]
- Stuart Hall (Paedophile) [Link]
- Chris Langham (Paedophile) [Link]
- Fred Talbot (Paedophile) [Link]
- Jonathan King (Paedophile) [Link]
- Chris Denning (Paedophile) [Link]
- Rob Turner (Paedophile) [Link]
- John Nathan-Turner (Paedophile) [Link]
- Gary Downie (Paedophile) [Link]
- Roy Norry (Paedophile) [Link]
- Lee Travis (Sex offender) [Link]
- Malcolm Muggeridge (Sex offender) [Link]
- Sir Huw Wheldon (Sex offender) [Link]
Using the Kinsey scale or Heterosexual–Homosexual Rating Scale to grade the types of sexuality of the attackers within the BBC;
From the data accumulated this far, when set out on a table split into groups of sexuality of offender, the data can be broken down into three main ratings, they are rating zero, three, and six.
Eight people were involved in sex offenses involving female victims who I gave a rating of zero, they were sex offenders Lee Travis, Malcolm Muggeridge and Sir Huw Wheldon. Paedophiles Stuart Hall, Rolf Harris, Rob Turner, Freddie Star and, Eric Gill.
Of the eight people involved in sex offenses involving female victims, five of the attackers crimes were of a paedophile nature, they are Eric Gill, Rolf Harris, Rob Turner, Freddie Star and, Stuart Hall.
Eleven people were involved in sex offenses involving male victims who I gave a rating of six, they were sex offenders David Smith, an anonymous BBC Executive, Michael Souter, Chris Denning, Jonathan King, Fred Talbot, Chris Langham, John Nathan-Turner, Gary Downie, Roy Norry and, Simon Warr.
Of the eleven people involved in sex offenses involving male victims, all of the attackers crimes were of a paedophile nature.
One person was involved in sex offenses involving both male and female children who I gave a rating of three, he was sex offender Jimmy Savile.
Out of the only example thus far of rating three, the attacker was also reportedly involved in having sex with dead bodies.
Out of the seven examples thus far of rating zero, of the four attackers who have crimes of a paedophile nature, one of the attackers was involved in crimes of an incestuous nature. That single attacker was also involved in sex with family pets, he was Eric Gill.
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