Former BBC Radio 1 presenter Paul Gambaccini has won a payout from the CPS after he was accused of historical sexual abuse.

Dubbed the Professor of Pop, Gambaccini said his husband ‘saved his life’ after winning a payout from prosecutors over the unfounded claims.

He was arrested in October 2013 as part of Operation Yewtree over a claim he sexually assaulted two teenage boys,.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Piers Allardyce/REX/Shutterstock (8444608z) Paul Gambaccini and Christopher Sherwood 'The Winter's Tale' press night, London, UK - 27 Feb 2017
Paul Gambaccini pictured with his husband Christopher Sherwood, who he said ‘saved his life’ (Picture: REX/ Shutterstock)

The 69-year-old, a regular fixture on the airwaves for decades, spent a year on bail before the case was dropped.

He told the Daily Mail: ‘I was too angry to cry. Anger management is the big challenge.’

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Speaking about his husband Christopher Sherwood, he said: ‘He saved my life. I don’t want to imagine what it would have been like not having a loving spouse through all of this.’


Confidentiality clauses in the agreement mean the amount paid to the Pick of the Pops presenter cannot be disclosed, sources said.

He has previously described the episode as a celebrity ‘witch hunt’, and has called for rape suspects to be given anonymity until charged.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 file photo, Paul Gambaccini arrives for the BMI Awards at a central London venue. Britain's prosecution service has agreed to pay undisclosed damages to U.S.-born BBC broadcaster Paul Gambaccini over the way it handled unfounded sex abuse allegations against him. The 69-year-old broadcaster said Saturday Nov. 3, 2018, that he is still pursuing separate legal action against police. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short, File)
He was arrested in October 2013 as part of Operation Yewtree over a claim he sexually assaulted two teenage boys (Picture AP)

He said in 2015: ‘The man on the street is known to the people he has met in his life. The celebrity is known to the people he has met in his life, plus millions of others.

‘So when you invite the public to accuse a celebrity, you have a pool of people who include not only possibly people who have been abused, but many people to whom a celebrity may have satisfied an emotional need throughout the years even without knowing it.

‘And this is precisely what has happened.’

He said he ‘wasn’t surprised’ to be accused, as he had previously spoken publicly about Jimmy Savile’s crimes and was once pictured alongside him on a newspaper front page, creating an association in the public’s mind.

A CPS spokesperson said: ‘We have reached an agreement without admission of liability’.