Celebrity in net problem

A FRIEND of the family of a prominent Australian entertainer reportedly questioned in Britain on suspicion of sexual offences has expressed shock at the raging online rumour mill. The questioning by Scotland Yard detectives is the latest action by Operation Yewtree, a national investigation into alleged abuse by the disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile.

No mainstream media have named the interviewed man, who is in his 80s and lives in Berkshire, west of London.

The family friend, who declined to be named, asked if the entertainer could have committed such offences, said: ''Absolutely not … The whole thing is crazy.''

A close family member, who lives in Sydney, declined to make any comment on Saturday.

A man was interviewed on Thursday under caution after attending a south London police station by appointment. His property was searched the previous Saturday.

This story Celebrity in net problem first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.