450 allege abuse by Savile
About 450 people have told police in the UK they were sexually abused by the late BBC television star Jimmy Savile, including 31 women who claim he raped them.
Investigators into historical abuse claims have recorded 199 crimes involving Savile in 17 local jurisdictions since the scandal emerged in October, a year after the entertainer died at the age of 84, the Metropolitan Police Service in London said today.
"These levels of reporting of sexual abuse against a single individual are unprecedented in the U.K.," the Met said in the statement.
"The majority of work in relation to offences reported against him acting alone has now been completed although further victims may yet come forward."
Police are looking into claims dating back as far as 1959 and as recent as 2006, including that Savile, who hosted BBC shows "Top of the Pops" and "Jim'll Fix It," misused his status as a charity worker to abuse hospital patients.
Officers in the investigation, known as Operation Yewtree, have arrested seven people in relation to sexual-abuse claims that may not be connected to Savile.
Celebrity publicist Max Clifford was questioned last week. Other people detained include singer Gary Glitter and former BBC disc jockey Dave Lee Travis.
In addition to Savile's alleged victims, 139 people have come forward to report abuse by someone else.
Most of the alleged victims were "children or young people" when the abuse happened and 82 percent are women, the Met said.
Former BBC Director General George Entwistle stepped down November 10th as a result of the Savile scandal, which includes claims the BBC dropped an earlier news investigation into the claims and aired tributes to the TV star shortly after his death.