Freddie Starr was today recovering after suffering heart palpitations sparked by the stress of being accused of trying to grope a 14-year-old girl at a Jimmy Savile sex party, his fiancée revealed.
The 69-year-old comic strenuously denied even meeting his accuser Karin Ward despite a video emerging of the pair of them together on Savile’s show ‘Clunk Click’.
Freddie’s fiancée Sophe Lea, 34, today told SWNS he had suffered heart problems and was too ill to make a statement.
Starr – who suffered a massive heart attack in April 2010 which left him needing quadruple heart bypass surgery – last week failed to ban ITV from airing Miss Ward’s allegations.
Speaking outside the couple’s £1m mansion in Studley, Warks., Miss Lea said: “We are devastated by the allegations which Freddie has always denied.
“He has never molested a woman and nor would he ever do so.
“Freddie has suffered heart palpitations, he is in bed and will not be going out for the rest of the week.
“The allegations made by this woman have not been investigated by the police but we would welcome a police investigation so he can clear his name.
“Freddie asked his agent if he had ever appeared on Clunk Click with Jimmy Savile and he said no, how is he supposed to remember something that happened 40 years ago?
“I understand the woman [Karin Ward] has a book coming out soon.
“We are going to hire private investigators to clear Freddie’s name.”
Starr was named by Miss Ward first by BBC’s Newsnight reporters last year for a report which was shelved.
Last week she told ITV News: “I was horribly, horribly humiliated by Freddie Starr, who had a very bad attack of wandering hands and had groped me, and I didn’t like him because he smelled like my step-father and it frightened me and freaked me out, and I rebuffed him.”
Disgraced pop paedophile Gary Glitter was also accused of having sex with another under-age girl at the same party held in Savile’s dressing room.
Before his latest health scare, father-of-five Starr denied ever meeting Miss Ward and accused her of “picking my name out of a hat.”
He said earlier this week: “Don’t tar me with the same brush as a scumbag and a paedophile.”
Last year Starr was treated in hospital in Birmingham for heart problems.