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BBC Host Jim Davidson Will Not Be Charged in U.K. in Jimmy Savile Probe

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The British comedian, who was detained on allegations of sexual offenses earlier this year, will face no further action.

LONDON – British comedian Jim Davidson, a former game show host who was the face of the BBC's Saturday night programming in the 1990s, will face no further action over alleged sexual offenses in the U.K., the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

The 59-year-old was first arrested in January 2013 by detectives from Operation Yewtree, the London police probe into alleged sexual offenses by Jimmy Savile and others.

Davidson was rearrested in March after further allegations emerged.

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His solicitor, Henri Brandman, told media outlets including the BBC website that the comedian was "pleased" with the news.

Davidson consistently denied the allegations against him.

The CPS said it had considered 10 allegations against the comedian but said there was "insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction in relation to all complaints."

The Metropolitan Police told the BBC that one allegation against Davidson remains outstanding, "but because it falls outside U.K. jurisdiction it has been referred to the relevant authority."

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In a statement, Brandman said: "My client Jim Davidson was, of course, arrested a number of months ago in respect of allegations of a historical sexual nature.

"He is pleased to have received news today that there will be no further action relating to the allegations."

So far 14 people have been arrested under Operation Yewtree.

Three have been charged, including publicist Max Clifford and former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis.

Five have been released without further action and six remain on police bail.