Jimmy Tarbuck 'faces second claim of sexual assault': Police confirm allegation reported by man, 32

  • The comedian was arrested in April over claims he sexually abused a young boy in the 1970s
  • A second man, now 32 years old, has alleged he too was abused by Tarbuck

By Tara Brady

PUBLISHED: 20:57 EST, 21 May 2013 | UPDATED: 20:58 EST, 21 May 2013

Police are believed to have recieved a second sex assault claim against Jimmy Tarbuck

Police are believed to have recieved a second sex assault claim against Jimmy Tarbuck

A second sex assault claim is believed to have been made against veteran comedian Jimmy Tarbuck.

The alleged male victim, who is now 32, has accused the 73-year-old of abusing him, according to The Sun.

It is believed the new claims have been passed to the Metropolitan Police.

Tarbuck is yet to be questioned over the new allegation. 

He was arrested in April over claims he sexually abused a young boy in the 1970s.

But news of the arrest did not emerge until 11 days later.

Tarbuck has not commented on allegations he abused a young boy in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, in the late 1970s.

The Sun reported that the second alleged incident is said to have taken place on a golf course near to Tarbuck's home in Kingston, Surrey.

A Surrey police spokesman said: 'Surrey Police can confirm we have received an allegation that has been referred to another force. We can confirm we are not investigating.'

Tarbuck's spokesman Peter Pritchard, told The Sun: 'No comment, no statement.'

North Yorkshire Police is investigating the first allegation against Tarbuck after being passed a file of evidence by Scotland Yard’s Operation Yewtree.

The London-based team swung into action after alleged victims came forward in the wake of Jimmy Savile’s exposure as a predatory paedophile.

Police have arrested 12 men as part of the £2m Yewtree inquiry, which senior officers insist is entering its final stages.

Jimmy Tarbuck was awarded an OBE for services to showbusiness and charity in 1994.

Jimmy Tarbuck was awarded an OBE for services to showbusiness and charity in 1994.

The comedian – known affectionately as Tarby – began his showbusiness career aged 18 as a member of a touring rock and roll show and then as a Redcoat for a Butlins holiday camp in Brighton.

The entertainer's first taste of mainstream success came in 1964, when he presented It's Tarbuck 65! on ITV.

He went on to host numerous quiz shows, including Winner Takes All and Full Swing.

In the 1980s, he hosted Sunday night variety shows Live From Her Majesty's, Live from the Piccadilly and Live from the Palladium.

He was awarded an OBE for services to showbusiness and charity in 1994.

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