based TV presenter emphatically denies abuse allegations
Kelly has vehemently denied allegations of sexual abuse against
young boys in the 1970s saying that his arrest came 'as a complete
shock and surprise'.
issued through his lawyers said 'He has co-operated fully with the
police and will of course continue to do so should that be necessary.
It should be noted that he has been released without charge.'
He is now back on stage in Birmingham, where he is appearing as
Captain Hook in Peter Pan, and in his return performance thanked
the audience for their support and received several minutes of applause
from the packed theatre.
Kelly was arrested by Surrey Police in a co-ordinated operation
in connection with historic allegations of sexual abuse against
boys under the age of 16 years old. Press speculation has linked
this to the case of Jonathan King who was imprisoned last year.
a married father of two who lives in Chiswick, was arrested in Birmingham.
He was the brought to Guidlford police station where he was held
overnight. Police searched his home and removed four sacks of items
including a box of printed material and several videos. The haul
included several video tapes.
TV star's holiday home in Sri Lanka has also been raided. Officials
from Sri Lanka's National Child Protection Authority, accompanied
by local police officers, seized 54 video tapes and a computer from
Kelly's house in a suburb of Colombo. A spokesman for the Sri Lankan
authorities said that the tapes were mainly of children's cartoons.
spokesman said that both men had been arrested in relation to incidents
that occured in the 1970s and that it was a joint investigation.
The arrests are not connected to the Operation Ore investigations
into child pornography. A number of addresses are being searched
in connection with the arrests.
for Granada, which makes Kelly's hit ITV1 show Stars In Their Eyes,
reportedly said: "Granada is not making any comment or statement
on this issue."
Kelly has been an active member of the local community including
helping out with the campaign against the Pinnacle development.
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arrested over child pornography allegations