Freddie Starr storms out of Susanna Reid interview for Good Morning Britain after she questions him on sexual assault allegations
The comedian, 71, later returned to the set with his wife Sophie and continued
Freddie Starr dramatically stormed out of an interview with Susanna Reid for Good Morning Britain, after she questioned whether he could have done “anything that could have been misinterpreted” in his previous relationships.
"Are you being serious?", Starr, 71, snapped, asking Reid to leave his home, where the talk was being filmed, before ripping off his microphone and walking out of the room.
Her question hit a particularly sore point for the comedian, who found out last week that he would not be prosecuted over sexual assault allegations following 18 months on bail.
After a short break away from the screen, he returned with his wife Sophie to continue.
"It's hard to have an interview like this with it being so raw," he said.
"I've only been released three days ago, I'm just catching up on my sleep."
Starr, who was first arrested in November 2012, was investigated under the suspicion that he had molested a 14-year-old girl on Jimmy Savile’s show Clunk Clink in 1974.
However, during the interview, he claimed not to know any of the women who made complaints against him, labelling them "ghosts".
He went on to insist he has been "innocent all along" and was critical of the Crown Prosecution service, saying that they wanted to "put something there".
"If they could've prosecuted me - they certainly would've done," he said.
He also went to lengths to distance himself from Max Clifford – the disgraced publicist who was convicted of eight counts of sexual assault on young women and sentenced to eight years in jail.
Clifford rose to fame on the back of The Sun headline ‘Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster’.
"Max Clifford was a different animal," he told Reid. "I didn't like Max Clifford - I didn't go out with him, I didn't do anything with him."
Later in the interview, Starr’s 33-year-old wife Sophie said her husband had been too frightened to hug his young daughter while he was being investigated under Operation Yewtree.
"It's changed him as a man," she said. "It's like even the little things like with his daughter, at one point he was scared to even cuddle her because you've got the world judging you.
"I know Freddie will come back from this.
"I would say he is one of the most caring, gentle men that you can ever meet. He'd do anything for anybody.
"And the fact is that for him to be accused of this, thank God it is now over, people can start to see the true Freddie and not the person that was portrayed in the media because it's not him at all."
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