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article imagePaul Gambaccini latest Operation Yewtree arrest

By Eileen Kersey     Nov 2, 2013 in Entertainment
London - The latest suspect arrested by Operation Yewtree officers in the UK is veteran DJ, radio and TV presenter Paul Gambaccini, 64. Friday news broke that he was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of historical sexual offences.
Gambaccini is the 15th person arrested during this investigation into allegations of historical child and sex abuse. Later it was revealed that another, as yet unnamed, man, aged 74, was also arrested Tuesday.
Operation Yewtree is run by officers from Scotland Yard London. It was set up in the wake of allegations relating to the late Jimmy Savile in 2012. Since that time a wide range of celebrities have been questioned. Some are still awaiting trial while one, Stuart Hall, was convicted and is serving time in jail.
BBC News reports that Gambaccini was questioned in police custody Tuesday before being bailed.
Other details were initially sketchy. The BBC, Gambaccini's Radio 2 employer, later made a statement.
Paul Gambaccini has decided that, in light of today's media attention, he would rather not be on-air at present and we respect that decision," a corporation spokesman said.
"Therefore, Paul will not be presenting on BBC Radio in coming weeks and replacement programmes for the period will be announced soon.
New Yorker Gambaccini is called the "Professor of Pop" due to his vast musical knowledge. He is in a long-term relationship with actor/model boyfriend Chris Sherwood.
Doubts were raised over whether Mr Gambaccini would keep working at the BBC whilst he was under investigation. An announcement said that he had decided not to present his Saturday Radio 2 show for the "coming weeks." The BBC said it was Paul's decision and they respected that.
Other BBC radio presentations by Gambaccini are also on hold. "He was due to present a 30-minute documentary for Radio 4 about the music world's reaction to the assassination of President John F Kennedy, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his death."
Mr Gambaccini's arrest was not part of the Savile investigation. It was under what police have called "others."
He was bailed until January and denies all allegations.
Operation Yewtree:
UK celebrity and former DJ Jimmy Savile died in October 2011. For many he was a fun character, eccentric and popular, even with the, now late, former UK PM Maggie Thatcher. For others, however, Jim was a paedophile and prolific sex abuser.
As allegations became public knowledge finally an investigation was launched. Operation Yewtree began and it revealed that many women and girls who had taken their allegations to the police had not been taken seriously. Instead their claims were never investigated. This has led to the arrest of a handful of celebrities in the UK who now face possible trials over alleged historical abuse. The worry is that the allegations will turn into a witch-hunt by people with their own motives.
There is no doubting however that many child and sex abuse allegations have foundation.
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