Documentary details Savile claims

Thu, Oct 4, 2012, 01:00

Detailed testimonies of women who claim they were sexually abused by British entertainer Sir Jimmy Savile when they were schoolgirls have been broadcast in a television documentary.

 

A number of alleged victims were interviewed as part of the documentary which was aired last night amid growing allegations against the late Top of the Pops host.

Their historic accounts, which detailed how the presenter allegedly targeted girls in his BBC dressing room and private Rolls Royce, were shown after Surrey police confirmed it had referred a historic rape allegation against the Jim’ll Fix It star to Scotland Yard.

The Surrey force has also confirmed it investigated him over abuse claims in 2007, but dropped the case due to a lack of evidence, while Jersey and Sussex Police said they had both received complaints about the star.

Scotland Yard added last night that it was also assessing a small number of other allegations.

In Exposed: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, a total of five women claimed they were indecently assaulted by the TV and radio personality when they were schoolgirls in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Two of the alleged victims said they first had sexual relations with the TV and radio personality when they were 15 years old — with a number of the indecent acts taking place in his dressing room at BBC television centre.

The first woman, who did not wish to reveal her identity, said she lost her virginity when she was raped by Savile at the age of 16.

She described how she first met the star a year earlier on the set of Top of the Pops and was invited into his dressing room where Savile touched her “intimately” under her skirt.

“He did it on various occasions in various places - it was always a quick fumble,” she told the programme. “The first question he ever asked me was how old I was so he knew. He was a predator really, a predator on young girls.”

The woman said she was indecently assaulted by Savile “dozens of times” before she was raped in his caravan while it was parked by Kings Cross station in London.

She added: “As a mature woman now I look back and think it was rape on the first occasion as I didn't know we were going to have full sex and I said we were not going to go all the way.”

The second woman met Savile, who raised an estimated £40 million for good causes, in 1968 when she was 15. She claimed the star had full sex with her for the first time in a London hotel.

“It was a complete shock to me,” she said.

“I had no idea what was happening. I was very young and naive. I just feel that he took huge advantage of me.”

The woman, who also kept her identity private, said she went on to have sex with Savile in his dressing room at BBC television centre on a number of occasions.

Two women who attended Duncroft Approved School for Girls, a now-closed children’s home in Surrey, said they were also targeted by Sir Jimmy when he regularly visited the school in the 1970s.

One, named only as Charlotte, said she met the star in 1974 when she was just 14 and claimed that he put his hand up her jumper and touched her breast as she sat on his lap in a caravan parked in the grounds of the school.

Another alleged victim, named Fiona, also revealed she was invited for rides in Savile’s Rolls Royce where she said she was assaulted and forced to carry out various sex acts on the star.

Fiona added she was later invited to the BBC television centre to watch Savile's Clunk-Click show and was subjected to further abuse there.

The revelations came after former Duncroft pupil Karin Ward, another alleged victim who waived her right to anonymity, claimed the star would ply girls with gifts and have sex with pupils as young as 14.

Coleen Nolan also revealed that Savile suggested she join him at a hotel following a TV recording when she was just 14.

She had been in the Top Of The Pops studio, along with her chart star sisters who were appearing on the show.

Meanwhile, a circular gold plaque displayed in Scarborough as a memorial to Savile, who had a home in the town, was subject to a graffiti attack with the words “rapist” and “paedophile”.

Authorities in North Yorkshire say they are now reviewing security at the cemetery where his headstone was placed, following his death at the age of 84 last year. A statue of the star has also been taken down in Glasgow.

The BBC said it will assist police with investigations into the child abuse claims surrounding the presenter.

A spokesman said: “We have asked the BBC investigations unit to make direct contact with all the police forces in receipt of allegations and offer to help them investigate these matters and provide full support to any lines of inquiry they wish to pursue.”

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