Paul Gambaccini: police used me as 'flypaper' for almost a year

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The broadcaster [BBC Radio 1 DJ] Paul Gambaccini has told MPs he was used as human "flypaper" by prosecutors for almost a year in relation to a now-dropped allegation of historic sex abuse, with his arrest publicised in the hope that other people would come forward to make allegations against him. Gambaccini told the Commons home affairs select committee on Tuesday that he "enthusiastically supported" moves to introduce a 28-day limit on the use of police bail after being unable to work for an entire year because of the publicity surrounding the "completely fictitious" allegation. He forfeited more than £200,000 in lost earnings and legal costs during 12 months before police and prosecutors told him there was no case against him.

source: Article 'Paul Gambaccini: police used me as 'flypaper' for almost a year'; www.theguardian.com/media/2015/mar/03/paul-gambaccini-police-flypaper-for-almost-a-year-abuse-mps-bail-limit; The Guardian; 3 March 2015