Pier confirm Jim Davidson show to go ahead
PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 January 2013
GRAND Pier bosses have confirmed that comedian Jim Davidson will appear at the attraction next month, despite the fact he has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences.
The 59-year-old was arrested at Heathrow Airport in London after arriving from Dubai on January 2, ahead of appearing on Celebrity Big Brother.
The former presenter of the game shows Big Break and The Generation Game pulled out of the Channel 5 programme following accusations he committed sexual offences against two women, when they were in their 20s, 25 years ago.
Mr Davidson was bailed by police until March and his lawyer issued a statement last week in which the comic strenuously denied the allegations.
But his arrest and subsequent decision to pull out of Celebrity Big Brother raised doubts over whether the controversial comic would be visiting Weston’s pier on February 22.
A spokesman for the pier said she had spoken to Mr Davidson’s agent and there were currently no plans to pull the show, called Jim Davidson: The Legend Continues – Live and Uncensored.
An advertisement above the pier’s main entrance was torn down in the aftermath of the comedian’s arrest, but has since been put up again.
Tickets, priced £19.50, remain available on the pier’s website.
Weston resident Heidi Griffin bought tickets before the allegations came to light and said she still plans to go, partly because of the charity work Mr Davidson has done, which saw him awarded an OBE in 2001.
She said: “My husband Richard is ex-forces and part of the reason we are going is because of the work Jim Davidson has done with the armed forces over the years.
“I think if you want acts to come to Weston, you don’t want mud thrown at them when you are innocent until proven guilty.”
Heidi watched him perform live 20 years ago and admitted his comic-style was divisive with many either ‘loving or hating him’, although she said the same could be said of many leading comedians.
Mr Davidson is the latest well-known figure to be arrested on sexual offences charges since Operation Yewtree was started by Scotland Yard following allegations of abuse by Jimmy Saville.
PR guru Max Clifford and musician Gary Glitter have both been bailed after being arrested on suspicion of committing sexual offences several decades ago.
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