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Starr 'feeling suicidal' over PS1m legal bill.

Byline: Ann Stenhouse PA Reporter newsdesk@birminghammail.co.uk

MIDLAND-based comedian Freddie Starr is feeling 'suicidal' as he faces a PS1 million legal bill, it has been reported.

The entertainer, who has just sold his house in Studley, Warwickshire, fled to Spain after the High Court ruled he owed the huge sum.

The comedian, 72, lost a claim against Karin Ward in July, after seeking PS300,000 damages for alleged slander and libel.

Starr reportedly told The Sun he sometimes felt like taking his own life, adding: "I have a gun. A mate of mine's got it. I'd shoot myself."

Ms Ward had said Starr put his hand up her skirt when she appeared on the Clunk Click show with him in 1974, when she was 15.

He sued her for slander and libel, but the High Court ruled Ward's claims about Starr to be true, and ordered him to pay her legal bill.

The mother-of-seven's lawyers estimated the costs to be around PS400,000, plus a win fee and VAT, amounting to around PS960,000.

Starr also reportedly said: "I was trapped like a dog.

"So I thought I'm just going to get on a plane and go to Spain. And this is where I'm going to die."

He also added: "Freddie Starr the entertainer is dead."

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