U.K. TV Veteran Jimmy Tarbuck Arrested in Child Abuse Scandal

The comedian and former game show host is the latest British TV stalwart to face charges.

LONDON – Veteran comedian Jimmy Tarbuck is the latest familiar face from British TV of yesteryear to be arrested over an allegation of child sex abuse.

Tarbuck's arrest hit the headlines in the U.K. Tuesday with the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and The Guardian carrying reports of his arrest.

A local English police force confirmed that a 73-year-old man had been arrested in Kingston upon Thames on April 26 following an investigation and information about an alleged assault on a young boy in the late 1970s.

Tarbuck is best known for his stint as a host on the popular TV quiz show Winner Takes All. His 50-year onscreen career also includes being master of ceremonies for commercial broadcaster ITV's popular variety show Sunday Night at the London Palladium.

According to a BBC report, Tarbuck's arrest came after information was passed on by Metropolitan Police officers working on Operation Yewtree, the investigation set up following the death of Jimmy Savile in 2011, when hundreds of sex abuse allegations were made against the former Top of the Pops presenter.

The local English force that arrested Tarbuck told the British media his arrest is not part of Yewtree but a "separate investigation."

Tarbuck's is the latest in long line of high-profile arrests in the ongoing fallout of the Savile scandal. He joins a roster of fellow stars of the 1970s and 1980s to have been arrested on such charges, including Rolf Harris, Freddie Starr and Jim Davidson.