Veteran British comedian Freddie Starr is "relieved" allegations he sexually abused young women have finally been dropped - 18 months after his arrest.
The funnyman was first held in November, 2012, amid claims he had groped a 14-year-old girl, and he was later arrested again following further allegations from more than ten other young females.
The allegations were formally dropped on Tuesday (06May14), with a spokesman at the U.K.'s Crown Prosecution Service confirming Starr will not face any charges as there is no chance of a conviction.
Starr has now told of his delight over the decision, saying, "(I am) very relieved."
His lawyer Dean Dunham adds, "We are very, very critical of the police. This investigation has taken far too long. It's had a huge impact on Freddie's health, a huge impact on his family and he has a very young child as well. It's been difficult for her. But we are pleased that it's now come to an end.
"I will say this: that Freddie and myself, as his legal team, we do not criticise the police for taking these allegations seriously. They must do that. We think that's right. Where we criticise is the way this particular investigation has been dealt with. It's taken too long. It's not been done properly. We presented evidence right at the start of this matter, which we say was conclusive, to show that he is not guilty of any of these allegations. He's a man of good character and today, after a very thorough investigation, that's been proven."