IN a moving exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, which was published on Saturday September 26, Freddie Starr, who it was revealed last week had ‘fled’ to the Costa del Sol, disclosed a number of intimate secrets about his health and financial position.
Having been arrested four times by police officers connected with Operation Yewtree which was investigating historic child abuse offences linked to Jimmy Savile, he says that he was advised by his legal advisers to sue his main accuser for libel in order to clear his name publicly.
Unfortunately for him, the whole plan backfired when the judge dismissed his claims and awarded costs to the defendant, Karin Ward, who publicly stated that he had ‘groped’ her. Left with an overall bill of £1 million (€1.4 million), a broken marriage, a mortgage and no work for five years, he sold his property in the UK and caught a plane to Spain where he bought a modest apartment.
In the interview which was accompanied by pictures of Mr Starr looking tired and overweight, he said “I’m not going to tell anyone, I’m just going to get on a plane and go to Spain, the place I love, and this is where I’m going to die.
“I didn’t even know how high the legal fees were until after I’d left Britain.”
He then said: “All I can say to everyone I owe money to is that I am really, really sorry. I didn’t mean this to happen. Next week I go bankrupt and I didn’t want it to get like this.”
He seems bemused by the fact that despite the fact that he has never been charged over anything that the judge could have found against him and the interview indicates that he has to some extent lost the will to live as he believes that he is not well enough to work again due to heart and breathing problems, even though he is still a heavy smoker.