Freddie Starr ‘punched pregnant wife in the stomach’ and walked out on baby girl

Freddie Starr punched his ex in the stomach while she was pregnant, one of his six children has claimed.

The comedian died alone of a heart attack age 76 in his Costa del Sol apartment this week, but won't be missed by his daughter Tara, 22.

Tara Coleman-Starr has called Freddie a "terrible dad" as she detailed the years of emotional abuse that she endured from him after he walked out on her as a baby.

She turned to therapy when she was just 14-years-old and admits her fears that he never loved her.

Freddie met Tara’s mother Trudy Coleman in 1994 when she was a TV production manager and in 1998 she became ­pregnant.


Tara said: "He punched my mum in the stomach and told her he was going to leave her if she didn’t abort me.

"He didn’t want competition for mum’s affection."

Freddie cheated on Trudy with his third wife Donna Smith, and didn't reappear in Tara's life until they'd divorced.

When Trudy showed no interested in getting back together with him, the comic lost all interest in his little girl.


He said his ex had done "an awful job bringing Tara up" and called her a "nasty little girl".

Dog groomer Tara, who lives with her mum in Solihull, West Mids, didn’t see Starr for another six years.

He reappeared in her life when she was 13, but only stayed around for six weeks.

Tara recalled an unpleasant phone call when she jokingly told her dad to shut up and he told her she deserved "the world’s biggest slap".


Another time he was so aggressive Tara was left cowering in the bathroom.

“It was just me and him in the house and he was mad about something,” Tara said. “I knew he used to beat mum. I was scared as I knew what he was capable of. So I locked myself in the bathroom

The last time Tara saw Freddie she was 15 and he was married to Sophie Lea – who later divorced him over claims he gave her a black eye.


She went over to visit and he completely ignored her until a text came through on her phone that made him explode with rage.

Tara claims Sophie had to hold Freddie back as he chased her around the house.

She said she was “numb” when she found out about her father’s death in a text from a friend and may not go to his funeral.

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