A TORQUAY dancer and former girlfriend of Jim Davidson says she is delighted allegations of sex offences have been dropped against the comedian.
Torquay dancer Jo Urch, 41, had a year-long relationship with the star when she was 16 about 25 years ago.
She leapt to his defence in February to say he was a gent and had always treated her with respect.
Jo said: "I knew 100 per cent it could not be true and now it has been proven. I believe the truth always comes out in the end."
Jo met Jim at the performance of his comedy show at the Princess Theatre last week.
She said: "I congratulated him on the news. I said the truth would come out in the end.
"He is a good guy and a gent and that's why we remained friends over the years.
"It has been a burden for him with people pointing the finger at him and he must have been thinking what do people believe? But now he has been cleared.I was over the moon when I heard."
The national media descended on Torquay to cover the latest story.
As the news broke, Jim was drinking at the bar of the Princess Theatre, where he was due to appear the following night.
He arrived by boat into the Bay and caught up with the former owner of Steps Bistro where he used to spend evenings during the long summer seasons.
Speaking outside the venue he said: "I know there is a lot of people saying it is a witch hunt but put yourself in the position of the police complaints officer. Complaints were made. They were reported to the police and they have to act them out. It is why it has taken so long. I think the police have been very thorough. I have no complaints about the police whatsoever, especially my guys who I got on with particularly well."
He added: "All I know is that allegations were made. I wasn't angry with them. These things happen. You've just got to deal with it and get on. I kept on working because I am innocent, and that is what I have firmly believed right from the start. My fans thought that I was innocent too and that is what kept me going."
Jim invited the assembled press into his show where he included the news in his act.