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“They’re phoning me and saying, `Max, I’m worried that I’m going to be implicated.’ A lot of them can’t remember what they did last week, never mind 30 or 40 years ago,” he said.

Clifford did not answer calls placed to his mobile phone Thursday.

The Savile allegations have hugely embarrassed the BBC, which has been accused of failing to report on investigations into their late star’s alleged crimes and instead broadcasting tributes to the entertainer, who hosted several popular children’s shows.

Four other people have been arrested in the investigation of the alleged abuse. No one has been charged.

British media have identified the suspects as including comedian Freddie Starr and former glam rock star Gary Glitter.

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Associated Press writer Cassandra Vinograd contributed to this report.