There have been two further arrests in the Scotland Yard’s Yewtree Operation – the sex offence investigation set up as a result of the Jimmy Savile sex scandal. BBC News report that a 53 year old and a 59 year old have been arrested, according to the Metropolitan Police. Officers from Operation Yewtree arrested the 53 year old at 08:00 GMT at an address in Hampshire and the 59 year old was arrested at 12:00 GMT in West London. Both suspects were taken to custody local police stations.
According to police, the arrests were not connected to the allegations made against Jimmy Savile in any way, though it is currently unknown whether or not the men are public figures or not. The Operation Yewtree investigation has been formed with three strands. One is to investigate the claims made against Sir Jimmy Savile. Another is to look at allegations made against Savile and other people as well and a third is to investigate claims made against other people. The two men arrested today are the ninth and tenth to have been arrested as part of operation Yewtree.
Jimmy Savile died aged 84, in 2011. Last year, ITV broadcast a documentary which unveiled allegations of his sexual abuse of underage children. Since the documentary aired, many other similar allegations have also ben made against him. The police have stated that 450 victims have come forward to make allegations about Savile, alone.
We've all had our opinions on the case of the late Jimmy Savile and the numerous child abuse claims that have come through, almost forty years since the events took place. However, the appropriate reaction has been to condemn the man and have sympathy for every one of his 450 victims. Magician Paul Daniels has gone against the grain and published a painfully honest account of his feelings on the allegations and what life was like in the seventies. He mentioned that, while he understood that many of his victims would've kept schtum, he finds that for over 400 of them to have done 'strange'. The Telegraph reported the blog to say, "A bad guy? Undoubtedly, but I have been wondering if all the accusers are for real", he mused on the blog. He said that he isn't even sure if all the girls that chased him at the height of his career were all legal. "Were they all over 16? OMG, I hope so. Can I remember them? No." he said. "Life back then was a blur, and therein lies a major problem with what is going on now. It was 35-40 years ago. How the hell can you say you did or you didn't?"
He has been accused of 'belittling' some of the victims' cases and 'casting doubt' on their evidence by Kidscape. "He should be supporting these people", said former child protection officer Mark Williams Thomas. "The bottom line is they are children who have been abused by adults, it doesn't matter how long ago it was." The blog has since been taken down.
Paul Daniels has been "wondering if all of [Savile's] accusers are for real". And his claims have, inevitably, come under intense scrutiny from groups concerned with the people affected by the sex abuse scandal, The Telegraph reports.
"I can fully understand some women not wanting to talk about what happened to them, but for over 400 of them to keep quiet for 40 years seems strange," explained Daniels. "What I do find odd about the stories now emerging however is when a "victim" went on TV and stated that she had gone back to the dressing room quite a few times. A bad guy? Undoubtedly, but I have been wondering if all the accusers are for real." Claude Knight, director of Kidscape, said of the magicians comments: "It is belittling and casting doubt on them, it is the last thing you need when you have found the courage to talk about it. I am worried about people trivialising something so serious."
Mark Williams Thomas - a former child protection officer - who was also involved in an ITV documentary which exposed Savile as a paedophile, said: "For someone like Paul Daniels to come out and belittle victim's evidence that's being given against Jimmy Savile is a disgrace because he [Savile] is proven to be an offender.
Continue reading: Paul Daniels Questions Jimmy Savile Victims, Accused Of Belittlement
The BBC's handling of the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal, which included the mismanagement of a Newsnight expose, has been summed up in a report; a report that labels the BBC as "completely incapable" and "chaotic", The Guardian reports.
"This report shows that the level of chaos and confusion was even greater than was apparent at the time. The efforts to get to the truth behind the Savile story proved beyond the combined efforts of the senior management, legal department, corporate communications team and anyone else for well over a month," Nick Pollard, the former head of Sky News, said in a 185-page report. "Leadership and organisation seemed to be in short supply," he continued, adding at a press conference following the report's publication: "There was an element of personal difficulty between the key personalities as well, that's quite shocking in a way. Newsrooms can only operate on the basis of trust and mutual confidence and discussion. A lot of that was missing." One senior BBC executive resigned and another three were moved from their jobs following the publication report, in which he described the scandal as "one of the worst management crises in the BBC's history".
Lord Patten - the chairman of the BBC Trust - said he welcomed the report's findings that there was no cover-up of the Newsnight report, saying it was an allegation that went "right to the heart of the BBC's reputation and integrity". He added that the whole affair suffered a "lack of professional camaraderie and a lack of collegiate behaviour which I find pretty surprising".
Sacha Baron Cohen was one of the stars at last night’s British Comedy Awards, winning the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Back in 1999, he won the Best Male Comedy Newcomer award at the very same awards event. In those 13 years, he has made himself not just a household name in Britain, but a global star as well, with movies such as Borat and The Dictator.
In the UK of course, he made his name as Ali G and he was dressed as the iconic character when he collected his accolade, joking about his gold tracksuit: “lot has changed in ten years, times are tough. I've even had to start getting my tracksuits from second hand clothes shops.” He then turned round to reveal the word ‘Savile’ on the back, in reference to the disgraced former BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.
Continue reading: Triumphant Return To British Comedy Awards For Sacha Baron Cohen
Since the shocking revelation of Jimmy Savile's sordid lifestyle abusing young people, throughout his entire career, there have been hundreds of accusations against him as well as many other celebrities for similar crimes. A senior police officer has revealed that there have been 31 rape charges made against Savile and almost 200 crimes that span the country, reports the Guardian.
Commander Peter Spindler has revealed that 450 people have made allegations against Savile, with a further 139 against other celebrities. "Our officers will continue to investigate allegations made against those who potentially can be brought to justice. More arrests nationally will be forthcoming," he said. "Our response should send a clear warning to anyone today now in a position of power and influence who abuse their status to sexually exploit children and young people: victims will be listened to and robust action taken." He also warned that there will be more arrests to come.
82% of the victims were women, and 80% of those who came forward claimed that the incidents occurred while they were children or adolescents. Arrests have already included Gary Glitter, Freddie Starr, Dave Lee Travis, Wilfred De'Ath and most recently Max Clifford.
The rape claims against the late Jimmy Savile total up to 31, police have reported. According to the statement made by Scotland Yard officials, so far 589 people have come forward with information and a total of 450 complaints have been made, mainly citing sexual abuse. Of the alleged victims, 82% were women and 80% were children or young people at the time of the reported incidents. The investigation has been going on for 10 weeks and new information keeps coming in. Savile is currently a suspect on 31 rape counts in 7 police force areas, AFP reports.
All of the accusations against Savile span 17 force areas in total. The avalanche is dragging in more and more people, with Operation Yewtree having resulted in the detainment of seven suspects and aiding in the arrest of three more nationwide. “More arrests will be forthcoming,” a representative of Scotland Yard stated. The former pop star Gary Glitter is among those arrested and has later been released on bail.
The Operation Yewtree investigation is focused in three main areas: claims against Savile himself, claims against Savile and others, as well as claims solely against other people. Scotland Yard is preparing to release a report on the entire operation sometime in 2013. The reputation of the BBC has also been brought into question, as they were Savile's employer for the length of time that the former TV personality's alleged offences took place.
Another arrest has been made in relation to Operation Yewtree; the widespread police investigation into alleged sexual offences, sparked by the revelations regarding Jimmy Savile’s alleged former crimes against underage girls throughout his career at the BBC. According to BBC News, a man in his 60s was arrested at 6:45am (December 10, 2012) on suspicion of sexual offences and taken to a South London police station. He has been bailed until next month.
The man arrested today is the seventh to have been questioned as part of the operation and is the sixth to have been arrested. Some of those men have been high profile public figures, such as the DJ Dave Lee Travis, the comedian Freddie Starr, the PR consultant Max Clifford and the former TV presenter Wilfred De’Ath. They have all denied any wrongdoing. The musician Gary Glitter was also arrested but has not yet made a statement.
Operation Yewtree is divided into three strands: offences related to Jimmy Savile, offences related to Jimmy Savile and others and offences unrelated to Savile. Today's arrest, according to Scotland Yard, was “not connected to the allegations made against the late BBC presenter.” The identity of the man arrested today has not been revealed by Scotland Yard.
Max Clifford was arrested this morning at 7:40am in relation to the Jimmy Saville investigation, named Operation Yewtree, reports the Independent. Clifford has been at the centre of celebrity media controversy for years, it is in fact, what brought him fame in the first place. He has been vocal about the manipulation of the media to the advantage of his clients and their publicity.
He has already claimed to be at the centre of the Jimmy Savile saga, saying that many celebs had come to him to "keep him in the picture." At the time he said, "It is a situation which could easily turn into a witch hunt, a lot of big stars are frightened.. Where is it going to end?" And in response to whether he was "compromising himself" by working alongside people that may have been involved in sex with underage people, he said: "It's very simple - I am very close friends with a lot of these people and have been for 40 to 50 years. They know I'm in the middle of the media world, so I'm the first person that they turn to, not just on this subject but lots of subjects."
While many people remain surprised by the amount of high public figures that have been named and shamed in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, it seems to have opened the floodgates for justice, reflected in the mass outpouring of confessions from victims of sexual assault spanning 50 years or more, who finally recognise that being the actions of those men against their will was wrong. With protests against slut shaming as well as the outrage against the shooting of Malala Yousufzai after she spoke in favour of education for women, it appears that women's rights, bodily, sexually and intellectually, are further on the way to being given the appropriate recognition and respect that they deserve.
Continue reading: Jimmy Savile Operation Yewtree Arrest Number 5: Max Clifford
Max Clifford has become the latest public figure to have been arrested as part of Operation Yewtree, the police investigation into the Jimmy Savile sex scandal. BBC News have reported that Scotland Yard confirmed that officers had arrested a man in his 60s “on suspicion of sexual offences” and had taken him to a central police station. He is the sixth person to be arrested as part of Operation Yewtree.
The investigation, launched by the Metropolitan Police, has been divided into three main strands. Firstly, police are looking into allegations of historic sex offences made against Jimmy Savile. Secondly, allegations against Savile and other people. Thirdly, they are looking into sex offences made against other people, unconnected to the investigations into Jimmy Savile. Scotland Yard confirmed that the man arrested today (December 6, 2012) was arrested under the latter stream of investigations. Clifford was reportedly arrested at his home in Surrey at 7:40am, in relation to historic sex offences and was taken to a London police station.
Clifford is considered to be one of the most influential people working in the British media and is often referred to as a ‘PR guru.’ Five people have now been arrested as part of Operation Yewtree and a sixth has been questioned. The response to the news has quickly seen both “Operation Yewtree” and “Max Clifford” become trending topics on Twitter. The blogger Guido Fawkes referred back to a Sky News interview when Clifford said that in the 1960s, people “never asked anybody for a birth certificate,” when it came to sexual relations.
The Metropolitan Police are believed to be holding talks with a 'mystery man' into the ongoing child abuse claims against the late Jimmy Savile.
Police are remaining tight-lipped on the identity of the latest person to be brought into talks relating to the claims of sexual abuse stretching for more than half a century, although it is known that the mystery person is an OAP in his 80s.
The police meeting with the unknown man took place at Scotland Yard yesterday (Nov 29) and lasted until just after 5pm, with the Met telling the press afterwards that the suspect, from Berkshire, was allowed to return home after the interrogation. The man's questioning is related to a wider investigation looking into claims of child abuse and other such offences not solely related to the Savile case.
Continue reading: Police Quizzing 'Mystery Man' About Jimmy Savile Abuse Claims
The two parties were friends in the 60's, with Savile apparently going on tour with the Fab Four during their early days as a successful band. However, whilst friends McCartney claimed they always had their suspicions about him, recalling one instance when he wouldn’t let him into his house for a night cap. "We dropped him off at his place outside his house and we said, 'Can we come in for a coffee', and he said, 'Oh no, not tonight lads,’” said the Liverpudlian. "When he'd gone we thought, 'Why doesn't he let us in? What is it?' because most people would have let us in that we gave a lift to. So we always thought there was something a little bit suspect” he added.
The Beatles star was quick to assure the interviewer that they of course didn’t go anywhere near underage girls, though he did say "We tried to make sure, we couldn't always be sure. But there was a definite no-no involved in underage kids.” Thankfully for the group they seemed to have enough legal attention to worry too much. "Hey listen, we didn't have to worry. There were plenty of over 16-year-olds” he quipped.
Can Lord Hall of Birkenhead turn around the fortunes of the BBC, as he did with the Royal Opera House?
Lord Patten, the BBC Trust chairman had approached Tony Hall earlier in the year, before George Entwhistle took the post, thinking that he would be a great candidate for the job of the BBC’s Director General. At the time Hall had his hands full with the Cultural Olympiad and also felt the post would be better suited to someone younger.
Since then, the BBC’s reputation has experienced a serious blow; thanks in no small part to the Jimmy Savile sex scandal that has plagued the organisation for weeks now. Hall was considered an excellent choice for the post, thanks to the 30 years he spent working there, before leaving to work at the Royal Opera House; the prefect combination of an insider’s knowledge and an outsider’s detachment.
Continue reading: Can Lord Tony Hall Regain Public Respect In The BBC?
Sir Paul McCartney has broken his silence on the Jimmy Savile sex scandal, claiming that the DJ refused to let The Beatles inside his home, despite the Fab Four giving him a lift home on numerous occasions. McCartney told The Independent newspaper that he always considered Savile "a bit suspect."
While touring around the UK, The Beatles spent time with the disgraced DJ and charity worker and often chauffeured him around. "When he'd gone we thought why doesn't he let us in, what is it, because most people would have let us in that we gave a lift to", McCartney explained, adding, "So we always thought there was something a little bit suspect." Sir Paul is probably the most high profile musician to speak out about time spent with Savile, though he described the era and sixties scene as not as politically correct as today. "We knew with under 16s it was illegal, so we didn't do it," he said, "There was a definite no-no involved in underage kids." Good to hear Paul! The comments were echoed by veteran television presenter Sir Bruce Forsythe, who told The Sun he had "never liked" Savile, adding, ""There was something about him that was difficult to like. It wasn't because he was so brash about everything - it wasn't that. He had this manner that you thought, 'What is behind this man?' Now we know what was behind it all - which is terrible to find out."
Scotland Yard has launched a full investigation into the sexual abuse by Savile and others after an ITV documentary was broadcast on October 3, 2012. So far, detectives have identified about 300 potential victims.
Continue reading: Sir Paul McCartney: 'Suspect' Jimmy Savile Never Let Us Inside His Home
Dave Lee Travis - the former BBC presenter - has denied any wrongdoing after he was arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal. Speaking outside his own in Bedfordshire following his release, Travis stressed that allegations against him had "nothing to do with kids," reports The Independent.
The 67-year-old made it clear that he did not want his name associated with "bloody evil" child abuse, adding, "This is nothing to do with kids, all right? That's the first thing. Because that to me is the most important thing in the world and I do not wish to have my name sullied around something that bloody evil, to be honest." Travis, who also hosted the BBC's Top of the Pops programme, explained, "I'm going to make one thing extremely clear to you, and I'd be really obliged if you all make sure that this gets into your articles and gets on to the television and you don't leave this bit out - the Savile probe is nothing to do with things I've been talking to the police about." Scotland Yard has split its inquiry into three strands: those directly related to Savile, those involving Savile, and those it referred to as "others." Speaking further about the details of his arrest, Travis somewhat unnervingly adding, "So let's get down to brass tacks here - the first thing is I've been talking to the police about sexual... I can't even remember what the word is now - in the old days it was called 'putting your arm around somebody and giving them a cuddle' but nowadays God knows."
His comments come after Travis' weekend radio show was taken off air "with immediate effect" by Magic AM following his arrest.
Continue reading: Dave Lee Travis: This Is Nothing To Do With Kids, All Right?
Freddie Starr has told The Daily Mirror that he has been left feeling suicidal after his connection to the Jimmy Savile sex scandal has resulted in him being unable to spend time alone with his own children.
Karin Ward, 52, told police that she was groped by Starr in Savile’s BBC dressing room, in 1974, when she was just 14. Freddie was arrested just days after Gary Glitter was also hauled in by police, on similar grounds.
Talking to the British newspaper, Freddie continued to protest his innocence and said “My life is ruined. I feel so desperate at times I want to go and end it all. It’s heartbreaking because I’m totally innocent. It makes me feel suicidal. I don’t think I can ever work again – how can I put a comedy face on after this?” The 69 year-old comedian is described as looking “dishevelled.” Starr currently lives with his 34 year-old fiancée, Sophie and their two young children, in Studley, Warwickshire but if Sophie has to go out, Freddie is not allowed to be left alone with them.
Continue reading: 'I'm No Sex Pest': Freddie Starr Unable To Be Alone With HIs Children
A Highland councillor has begun discussing plans to demolish a cottage that belonged to the disgraced BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, in Glencoe.
The cottage has become the target of vandalism, since the Jimmy Savile scandal broke and Andrew Baxter, the local councillor for the area, feels that the local community would benefit from the demolition of the building.
Talking to BBC Radio Scotland, Mr Baxter explained “There has been lots of talk of alternative uses such as a respite centre, or perhaps a mountain centre to get disabled people into our hills. But I feel rather uneasy about some of those options especially considering some of the revelations we have seen in recent weeks. If it was the opinion in the local community but to erase the memories of Savile in the glen then perhaps demolition is the only option.” The cottage was originally going to be sold after Savile’s death, but his charitable trust halted the plans, stating that they wished to convert it into a respite centre for the disabled. However, that charity has now closed down, in the wake of the scandal.
Continue reading: Is Jimmy Savile's Highland Cottage In Line For Demolition?
The former chauffeur and flatmate of Jimmy Savile, Ray Teret, has been arrested in connection with rape allegations dating back to the sixties but police insist it is NOT related to the ongoing investigations into the numerous sexual abuse claims made against Savile.
The ex-support DJ and friend of Savile, 71, was taken into custody at his six-bedroomed Cheshire property along with his current lodger Alan Ledger, 61, after three different accusations of sexual assault came to police attention.'I want to make it absolutely clear that this is not an investigation into the late Jimmy Savile, nor do any of the allegations relate to any involvement by Savile', said Detective Inspector Simon Davies of the Greater Manchester Police. 'The victims who have come forward have shown tremendous courage. We have a duty to investigate their complaints thoroughly.'
According to a spokesperson for the police, the pair have since been bailed until November 29th 2012 while further investigations are made. The allegations come after the late TV and radio presenter and charity worker Sir Jimmy Savile was posthumously accused of sexual abuse on over 300 underage girls and boys during his years on the radio and his 'Jim'll Fix It' program.
A former West Yorkshire police detective has revealed that Jimmy Savile was once questioned in relation to an allegation that he may have been the Yorkshire Ripper.
Though the claims turned out not to be true (Peter Sutcliffe was famously convicted in 1981 of the string of murders in and around Leeds). John Stainthorpe, now 80, told how the now-disgraced and deceased BBC TV presenter Savile was brought in for questioning over the murders, after a member of the public telephoned the police and suggested him as a suspect.
“Obviously it was not him, but he was interviewed along with many others, as you can appreciate,” Stainthorpe told the Daily Record, adding “He was interviewed along with thousands of others and gave an explanation for where he had been at the time of the murders. Knowing what is known now, the person putting forward Savile was aiming in the right direction because child perverts soon become child killers.” One of Sutclife’s victims, Irene Richardson, had been murdered a short way from Savile’s penthouse in Leeds.
Continue reading: Disgraced Jimmy Savile Was Questioned Over Yorkshire Ripper Murders
The TV entertainer Freddie Starr has been recalled to a police station, so that they can further question him regarding allegations of sexual offences, in relation to the ongoing Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal, Sky News report today (November 2, 2012). Though Starr has strenuously denied any involvement in the scandal - and has publicly denounced Savile, for the allegations that have been made against him - Karin Ward has accused Starr of molesting her in 1974.
Ward was the primary interviewee in the ITV documentary that initially exposed Savile’s history of the sexual abuse of minors. She appeared on the BBC show Clunk Click in 1974, alongside Freddie Starr and Jimmy Savile and has alleged that Starr touched her inappropriately at the BBC studio. Initially, Freddie Starr denied appearing on the show. However, it was quickly proven that he did in fact appear on the show, at which point his lawyer issued a statement to say that Mr Starr had been “mistaken” and that he now admitted to having been on the show.
Today, The Guardian also reports that BBC producers “had doubts” about the TV presenter Jimmy Savile as far back as the 1960s. “Savile was thought to be dodgy, there was a feeling he was heavy, you didn't cross him, he was a heavy dude,” said Paul Jackson, the producer of shows such as The Young Ones and Red Dwarf.
Jimmy Savile's family say they do not want "a penny" of his money after the late presenter's estate was frozen in response to mounting sex abuse claims against him. Relatives of Savile, who died last year, say funds from his £4.3 million estate should go to "genuine victims" of the lives his destroyed.
His nephew Guy Marsden, a roofer from Leeds, said he and his family did not expect or want the BBC star's money. "I don't want a penny of it. I don't deserve this money." Marsden told the Evening Standard that he attended several parties as a teenager where young children were encouraged to have sex with celebrities, including film stars and politicians. "I am ashamed of him and we now know he was a monster. His poison is still spreading and if genuine victims of his received some money, I think it could help them." Natwest Bank, who acted as executor and trustee of Savile' estate said, "Given the claims raised, distribution of the estate has been put on hold." The presenter's will named 26 beneficiaries with £20,000 to be shared between 20 friends, family and neighbours. Eight people were to share the interest from £600,000 in a trust fund. The remaining £3.7 million was to be held on behalf of The Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust.
Scotland Yard is leading a national investigation into Savile's sex abuse, with more than 300 potential victims thought to have come forward.
Sir Jimmy Savile was regularly given the keys to a Leeds hospital building where he would arrive with teenage girls in the early hours. An ex-porter told the BBC that Savile would take girls to the nurses' accommodation and leave before dawn.
Leeds General Infirmary said there was no records of complaints against Savile during the time he was working there, though police are now probing claims the TV star abused around 300 youngsters. Former porter Terry Pratt said he became suspicious when Savile began arriving in the middle of the night in the late 1980s with teenage girls who seemed "star struck." He said Savile would arrive at about 1am or 2am, spending a couple of hours there and drop the keys back about 5am. "He would go up and see the lad on the desk [and he would say] 'Here's the key, Jim, make sure I get it back.' He'd take the key and... would walk out and the two women would follow him towards the nurses' home." Mr Pratt said he did not report Savile's behaviour at the time, though would be willing to speak further with police. "We daren't... we were in awe of him to be honest," he added.
Earlier this month, a former Broadmoor Hospital patient claimed Savile had the keys to the hospital and was given his own room during the 1970s.
Continue reading: Jimmy Savile Given Keys To Leeds Hospital Building For Late Night Visits
Whilst the disturbing revelations into Jimmy Savile’s life are still a relatively new phenomena for the majority of the population, a former BBC executive has admitted that the disgraced former star was in fact banned from recordings of Children in Need, owing to his suspicious behaviour.
Sir Roger Jones OBE, who served as chairman of Children in Need until 2002 has said of Savile recently, "He was a creepy sort of character - we didn't want him anywhere near the charity."
Continue reading: Jimmy Savile Was Banned From Children In Need For 'Suspicious Behaviour'
Today, the BBC reports that Gary Glitter has been arrested in connection with the Jimmy Savile investigation. It was only a matter of time before someone living experienced consequences of the disturbing allegations that have recently come to light about the late TV personality, and others.
The police have not confirmed that the man is Gary Glitter, however they did release a statement confirming that they had "arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the investigation. The man, from London, was arrested at approximately 7:15 BST on suspicion of sexual offences. The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'Savile and others". This report coincides with Glitter seen "being taken away from his home". Gary Glitter has already served a term in prison in Vietnam for sex offences.
As the investigation continues, Harriet Harman, Deputy Labour Party leader, called for a judge-led inquiry on the Andrew Marr Show. "The trouble is that there are a multiplicity of inquiries. What we need is one over-arching inquiry." She said, "It should be independent because there are big lessons to be learned here, not just for the BBC, although the epicentre of it was at the BBC." As the police's investigation continues, as does the current BBC inquiry, judge Dame Janet Smith will review the BBC's culture and practices during Savile's lifetime, as well as their current sexual harassment policies. The arrest of Gary Glitter is expected to be the first of many, in what appears to be a long-standing problem with sexual harassment and under-age grooming occurring within the BBC and other institutions.
Jimmy Savile's abuse of young people, particularly females, over his 50 year career are almost indisputable now. Police are following up 400 lines of enquiry and over 300 people have come forward to confess that they, too, had suffered at the hands of the depraved television personality. However, with Savile now dead what do the victims and police hope to achieve? Are others in line to be punished? Who now stands in the firing line? Who gets hit with the dispersed shrapnel of this distressing explosion of abuse and blame?
The New York Times reports that Commander Spindler, of Scotland Yard, said that the "vast majority" of complaints were against Savile alone, and only a handful against others, and no evidence of a 'paedophile ring' as has been reported elsewhere. The BBC reports that "investigations are looking at those who may have assisted Savile, helped organise abuse, cover it up or taken part in assaults themselves." They also say that they have spent a further 9 hours interviewing Karin Ward, who was a key figure in the footage released in the BBC1 Panorama show last Monday (22nd Oct 2012) that was originally shot for a Newsnight report that was never aired.
Commander Spindler is clearly taking all allegations very seriously, and respecting everyone that is coming forwards, "This may be the first time that some people have actually spoken in any detail, and we don't underestimate how significant an event it is for them to disclose sexual abuse," he said. "We have to believe what they are saying, because they are saying the same thing independently."
Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the New York Times chairman and publisher today publically backed the incoming chief executive and former BBC Director General, Mark Thompson, who has been heavily implicated in the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal, after his decision not to air a revealing documentary.
"In the months leading to our decision to bring Mark to the Times Co., Michael Golden, our vice chairman, and I, along with the rest of our board of directors, got to know Mark very well," said Sulzberger in a letter to his staff. "Our opinion was then and remains now that he possesses high ethical standards and is the ideal person to lead our company." Sulzberger finished the letter by saying that the Times would continue to cover the Savile story "with objectivity and rigor" after Thompson starts work at the Times on Nov. 12.
The Savile case still continues to unravel in the UK, and is taking over the country as new evidence comes to light every day. Today, Commander Peter Spindler of London's Metropolitan Police said police have so far spoken to 130 of the alleged victims and documented 114 alleged crimes of sexual assault or serious sexual assault, according to The Wall Street Journal, who also report that a staggering 300 young girls and boys have been victim to Savile’s reported abuse. Stay close to Contact Music for more in the coming weeks.
The director of public prosecutions has revealed that they will review the original police file sent to the Crown Prosecution Service related to Jimmy Savile’s alleged sexual activities.
The files were sent in 2009 to the CPS, but for some reason they chose not to look into the matter seriously; it’s been one of potentially multiple incidents where the case of Savile's alleged abuse has been brushed under the carpet. A Panorama investigation scheduled to air last year was shelved upon the DJ, promoter and television presenter’s death. However, recent weeks have seen a slew of information come to light about the activities of Savile, and as because of this, the CPS will go back and look at the evidence.
Speaking to the Houses of Parliament, British Prime Minister David Cameron commented "The director of public prosecutions has confirmed that his principal legal adviser will again review the papers from the time when a case was put to the CPS for prosecution," Cameron added.
Last night, a Panorama special, based on the rising allegations against Jimmy Savile and the BBC, aired on BBC1 and attempted to shed light on the story, as well as try to uncover why the Jimmy Savile investigation went un-aired on Newsnight late last year.
The program showed before unseen footage and interviews with ex-BBC employees and some of Savile's victims, most notably Karin Ward, who bravely spoke to Newsnight while she was battling cancer during 2011. She was understandably infuriated by the cancellation of the program. “I went through all that stress when I needed to concentrate on getting well” She said “...and then they didn't use it”.
Today in response to all the allegations, as well as the rising heat on the BBC, Director General George Entwhistle was grilled by MPs for a full two hours in further attempts to understand what went wrong. Sky reports him describing Savile as a "skilful and successful sexual predator who covered his tracks”. He said "There's no question that what Jimmy Savile did and the way the BBC behaved ... the culture and practices of the BBC seems to allow Jimmy Savile to do what he did, will raise questions of trust for us and reputation for us. It is a gravely serious matter and one cannot look back at it with anything but horror that his activities went on as long as they did undetected. Of course, that is a matter of grave regret to me. It does go to the heart of the question of the BBC’s own integrity and trust in the BBC."
The Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal has occupied the time, energy, thoughts and emotions of thousands over the past month, since ITV1's 'Exposure' documentary was released regarding Savile's decades of abuse. This show has escalated far beyond the scale that anyone saw coming. Numerous institutions around the UK are now under investigation by the police and by independent sources, most notably: the BBC. Last night (22nd Oct. 2012) BBC's Panorama attempted to be candid about Savile and his role and relationships within the BBC, and anchored to the cancelled Newsnight exposé revolved around the allegations against Savile, spiralling outward in ever increasing and disturbing circles. Leading to one, very upsetting phrase, and as yet unsubstantiated claim: "paedophile ring at the BBC."
The Panorama show interviewed various employees and ex-employees of the BBC who were around and aware of Savile in his hey-day. Although it has been reported throughout the media that various members of the BBC knew what was going on, the scale of it, as seen in last night's program, is astonishing. Martin Young, who was a reporter for Nationwide, an old BBC series, said that he once found Savile in bed with a young girl, fully clothed, and it was at that point that his suspicions and fears were confirmed, but that it "never even crossed [his] mind" to report it.
Karin Ward, who had been a patient at Duncroft School for vulnerable girls, was a key component of the Newsnight program which was cancelled last year. Ward was interviewed in mid 2011 while she was suffering with cancer. She said: "I had been pushed so hard to do it" while suffering with cancer "I went through all that stress when I needed to concentrate on getting well... and then they didn't use it". It was her testimony that was the most difficult and disturbing to listen to. She spoke of Savile's requests for oral sex in exchange for a change to be a part of one of his shows. She also spoke about Gary Glitter having sex with a young girl in Savile's dressing room while there were many other people in the room who must have seen.
Continue reading: Panorama On Jimmy Savile- How Jim'll Fix It Broke The BBC.
Former 'Newsnight' presenter Jeremy Vine has become the latest current BBC employee to speak out over the alleged acts of Sir Jimmy Savile. Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Vine was asked his thoughts on recent allegations that suggest the former promoter, DJ and TV presenter molested underage girls during his time at the BBC.
"The fact that a person was using his BBC prestige and maybe even BBC dressing rooms to attack young children I find completely disgusting as a father of two young daughters" fumed Vine, according to The Telegraph. "I cannot believe that it happened for such a sustained period that we may be looking at one of the most serious predatory paedophiles in criminal history - and he was on our doorstep. I find it disgusting."
'Newsnight' were supposed to run an expose on Savile last year before the star's death; Vine didn't work for the program them then, but said: "I think we do need to find out what happened. If the material they shelved was the same material that ITV put out that is very serious - but I am not sure it was. The big story is if there was any kind of link up between the hagiographies on BBC 1 and the exposes on BBC 2. I think this was a case of the organisation being somewhat dislocated."
The Jimmy Savile abuse scandal continues. So far there are already at least four investigations or inquiries afoot in response to the overwhelming news of the breadth and depth of Jimmy Savile's alleged horrific behaviour over five decades. The BBC has ordered three investigations into their own dealings during this time, plus the police have launched their own enquiries into the entire affair. Reported by the BBC, Maria Miller, current Tory politician and Culture Secretary, has dismissed the calls for an independent inquiry into the BBC’s involvement with the scandal.
Rob Wilson, the Labour MP for Reading East, however, was not convinced that this was enough and said there were “more questions to answer”. In addition, leader of the party, Ed Miliband, speaking to ITV1 said: “In order to do right by the victims, I don't think the BBC can lead their own inquiry... We need a broad look at all the public institutions involved - the BBC, parts of the NHS and Broadmoor. This has got to be independent.”
While Mr Wilson focussed largely on the BBC, Ms Miller highlighted the broadened scope of the problem; “These are undoubtedly very serious matters that have wide-ranging implications for a number of public institutions, not just the BBC.” To which Wilson retorted that the BBC had greater responsibility because Savile was one of their employees.
The story of Jimmy Savile’s alleged abuse has taken yet another sordid turn. The Sun have uncovered an old interview with Q magazine which hints at a possible link between Jimmy Savile, dead bodies and the Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Savile worked at Stoke Mandeville as a volunteer. He had his own room there and allegedly abused young patients. The hospital has launched an investigation into his “unaccompanied mortuary visits” and are reportedly looking into whether or not the former TV presenter had keys to the mortuary, or “interacted inappropriately” with the corpses there.
In the interview with Q magazine, Savile says “One of my jobs is to take away the deceased. You can look after somebody, be alone with somebody, who has lived a whole lifetime, and I’m just saying goodbye and looking after him.” Seemingly unprompted, Savile then says “That is a privilege and an honour. Some people get hold of the fact that Jim likes looking after cadavers and say, ‘Aha, Jim’s a necrophiliac!’ I’m not a necrophiliac.” According to The Sun, this unsolicited defence of his own actions mirror claims that he made, insisting that he is not a paedophile, years before any such claims were made against him.
Since the airing of ITV’s Exposure documentary on October 3, 2012 – which featured testimonies from several women claiming that Savile had sexually abused them when they were underage – several more alleged victims have come forward to various police forces around the country. According to the BBC, up to 340 lines of enquiry are being pursued.
A former boss at the BBC had questioned Sir Jimmy Savile about the rumours circulating around his private life some 20 years ago it has emerged following an interview on BBC Radio earlier today.
Derek Chinnery, who was Radio 1 controller from 1976-85, said he asked the entertainer about "these rumours we hear," when he spoke to BBC Radio 4's Broadcasting House earlier today.
During the talk, he admitted that, although he didn't know Jimmy that well personally, nor did Jimmy ever associate much with other DJs and BBC personalities, he asked the late Savile about the rumours that he had sexually abused under-aged girls. Savile immediately discredited the rumours saying that they were "all nonsense," and that was enough for him to believe the late DJ, TV host and philanthropist.
The alleged victims of sexual abuse from the late Sir Jimmy Savile are apparently lining up a lawsuit against both the BBC and the NHS for the ease in which they let Savile into the workplace so that he could commit certain unsavoury deeds.
The reason for the lawsuit against the BBC goes without saying, given that the alleged attacks that took place at a number of dressing rooms and other closed off areas in the 70's and 80's on BBC property are now well publicised stories, however the reason for the action being taken against the tax-payer funded health care service are perhaps a little less obvious. The reason why certain 'victims' are seeking damages from the organisation that provides free health care for the whole of the population comes down to the allegations that he abused and raped patients at Broadmoor hospital in the 1970s and 1980s.At the current moment, The Department of Health are to begin an inquest into the alleged claims of abuse made by Savile, who volunteered at the hospital for a number of years. Likewise, the Metropolitan Police are working with the BBC, also a taxpayer funded company, to help shed light on the claims that Savile abused girls on their premises at the same time.
Continue reading: Sir Jimmy Savile 'Victims' To Sue Both The BBC And NHS
Pressure is mounting on the BBC to answer allegations that its Newsnight documentary team were forced to drop an investigation into Jimmy Savile’s long-standing sexual abuse of minors. ITN reports today (October 12, 2012) that the current director-general, George Entwhistle, has asked his colleague Ken MacQuarrie, the director of BBC Scotland to speak to Newsnight journalists and explain why their film was not aired. MacQuarrie was selected to speak to the team after several of them wrote to Entwhistle, as he is a senior member of management at the BBC.
This latest news heaps added pressure on the BBC. The organisation recently announced that they would be launching their own investigation into the scandal, once they had the green light from the Metropolitan police, to ensure that the official police investigations into the matter were not compromised by their own probes.
In Leeds, where Savile lived for much of his life, many organisations and companies have been quietly removing the tributes that had been put in place in his honour, as locals struggle to reconcile the image of Savile as a much-loved TV presenter and tireless charity campaigner, with the sordid details of his life that have only now reached the public domain, months after his death. The Royal Armouries, a tourist attraction in Leeds are one of the latest to remove their tribute to him: Savile Hall, one of their larger function rooms will now be re-named “out of respect for public opinion,” The Mirror reports.
There have been further developments in the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal. The former BBC presenter’s headstone has been removed and the BBC are expected to make an announcement today, regarding their own plans to launch an inquiry into the claims of rape and sexual abuse that have been made against him.
Sir Jimmy Savile’s gravestone was removed from a Scarborough cemetery last night. His family took the decision to have the headstone removed, aware of the weight of public feeling regarding the disgraced TV presenter, who died in October last year. A statement released on behalf of his family said “(We) are deeply aware of the impact that the stone remaining there could have on the dignity and sanctity of the cemetery… Out of respect to public opinion, to those who are buried there, and to those who tend their graves and visit there, we have decided to remove it.” The headstone was removed under cover of darkness last night. According to Sky News, the “elaborate” gravestone is being taken to a stonemason’s yard in Leeds. The inscription will be ground down and the stone will “be broken up and sent to landfill.”
The BBC, for whom Jimmy Savile worked for many years, is expected to announce today (October 10, 2012) that it is launching its own investigation “into its former star's conduct, its context and what lessons the corporation can learn from the torrent of revelations about him and claims about the wider culture at the corporation of the time,” The Guardian report today. It is expected that the investigation will not commence until the Metropolitan police have given them the “green light” so that their inquiries will not conflict in any way.
In its first official statement on the Jimmy Savile sex scandal, Scotland Yard has dubbed the late BBC presenter a "predatory sex offender" suspected of abusing 25 young girls in allegations dating back to 1959. Police are actually pursuing 120 separate lines of inquiry against Sir Jimmy, reports The Telegraph.
So far, eight criminal allegations have been formally recorded against Savile, two of rape and six of indecent assault involving girls as young as 13. Scotland Yard say the presenter had a "predilection" for young girls and that his offending was on a "national scale" spanning four decades. Perhaps most shockingly, police are now in contact with Leeds General Infirmary about the possibility that Savile abused patients there. Commander Peter Spindler, the Met's head of specialist crime investigations, told the BBC, "At this stage it is quite clear from what women are telling us that Savile was a predatory sex offender." Veteran comedian Freddie Starr has also been accused of groping a girl in Savile's dressing room in 1974, though appeared on television this week to deny the claims, telling ITV News, "To be accused like this is devastating. I've got to fight back.I will take this evidence down to the police station and show them. I want a police investigation. I want them to interview me."
This week, Prime Minister David Cameron hinted on the Daybreak breakfast programme that Savile's knighthood may well be revoked.
Following the recent revelations about the club DJ, promoter and television host Sir Jimmy Savile's exploits with underage girls, discussion is now turning to whether or not the late celebrity should be stripped of his knighthood. The news comes at the same time that it's being widely reported that charitable trusts with Savile's name involved will be dropping his name and has seen a strong push by UK newspaper The Sun for the campaign to be carried through.
With ITV showing a documentary that accused Savile of several instances of underage sexual criminality dating back to his heyday in the 70s, several alleged victims have spoken out. In addition, the BBC have relented and announced that an investigation will take place into the doings of Savile whilst he was employed by them. A statement from children's charity NSPCC to The Sun supported the campaign, saying: "When the evidence has been substantiated, we'd support looking at this. It's clear he was not the man people thought he was when he was knighted." Meanwhile Tory MP Philip Davies commented "If any allegations had been proven beforehand, he wouldn't have got a knighthood."
With Parliament involved, there is a chance that the knighthood will be revoked. Although knighted by the Queen, the honours list comes from Westminster, and it is they who have the power to change it.
Following the recent ITV expose on the late club promoter, DJ and personality Sir Jimmy Savile, the BBC, where he was employed for a period, have come out urging anyone who worked at the company in the time he was there to come forward if they have any information regarding the Yorkshireman's sexual activities. The ITV documentary, shown on Wednesday night (October 3rd) suggested that Savile had indulged in numerous sexual activities with underage girls back in the heyday of his career in the 70s, and that the BBC had covered such incidents up.
Now the BBC's new director general George Entwistle has sent an email to current staff urging them to "come forward" and talk to police if they have any information that might help an investigation into the allegations. "The police are the only people with the proper powers to assess criminal allegations, and they have made it clear to me that any BBC internal enquiry in parallel would run the risk of damaging or impeding their work," said Entwistle.
He did however once again reiterate the party line that the BBC has held since the allegations, made by five women, came to light recently, that "We have found nothing at this stage to suggest any known wrong-doing was ignored by management. But our checks are ongoing and if we do find anything relevant we will give it straight to the police."
Last night’s controversial Exposure documentary about Jimmy Savile has been met with a sombre response in the press today. The Jimmy Savile documentary on ITV exposed evidence that he had sexually abused underage girls during his lifetime. Fellow TV presenter Esther Rantzen, when faced with video footage of a woman giving evidence of his abuse against her, concluded “I’m afraid the jury isn’t out any more. We all blocked our ears to the gossip – there was gossip, and there were rumours.”
Savile was a much-loved TV presenter during his enduring career; he was especially noted for presented the children’s TV show Jim’ll Fix It as well as the music show Top of The Pops. These revelations will come as a shock to many, though for some, it merely confirms what they had tried to ignore in years gone by. Neil Midgeley, reviewing the programme for The Telegraph, grew up in Savile’s home city of Leeds – where he was a renowned local celebrity, known as much for his charitable work as for his eccentricities – and describes the documentary as “chilling.” He writes “I grew up in Leeds, and when I was a kid there were lurid playground rumours about Savile, which went far beyond suggestions of abuse of teenage girls. Last night’s programme not only got to the heart of direct allegations against Savile, but vividly posed the question: why was nothing ever done, when the rumours were so persistent?”
Savile is no longer alive to defend himself against these allegations but in the programme, the QC Ian Glen claimed that there was enough evidence against him to have arrested him, had he still been alive.
As attention builds on the alleged sexual activities of the late DJ and promoter Sir Jimmy Savile, a former press officer for BBC Radio 1 has said that he was aware of allegations made about Savile when both of them were employed by the company in the 1970s. Former Radio 1 controller Rodney Collins alleges that back in 1973 he was asked by the then-station controller Douglas Muggeridge to look into whether newspapers were investigating sexual allegations levelled at Savile. He also said that the BBC should conduct a full investigation now that allegations were seeing fresh light.
"The BBC should now - having first of all said they knew nothing about this - there should be a full inquiry, they should co-operate with the police. If anyone working there at the time had some knowledge of this they should put their hands up," Collins told The Guardian. He downplayed the suggestion that something definitely did go on however. "Douglas Muggeridge was an incredibly honourable man and had he thought there was legs to it then I think he would not have left it with me making inquiries," he said. "What happened was very clear. He [Muggeridge] picked something up, I don't know where from, and asked me to look into it. I did. There was nothing known [that was proven]."
This statement comes out as ITV prepare to show a documentary on British television tonight (October 3rd) that investigates claims that Savile indulged in sexual abuse with minors during his career. Savile died last Autumn aged 84.
The heat has risen dramatically on the BBC over the rising number of allegations against Jimmy Savile and the alleged cover ups that the company has made over the years. Now, an historic rape allegation has been brought to the attention of Scotland Yard in Surrey, according to the Press Association, and as such the Metropolitan Police have decided to take action.
A BBC spokesperson has said: "Some [serious and disturbing] allegations relate to activity on BBC premises in the 1960s and 70s. We are horrified by allegations that anything of this sort could have happened at the BBC - or have been carried out by anyone working for the BBC." The BBC investigations unit will be co-operating entirely with the police forces and will "offer to help them investigate these matters and provide full support to any lines of inquiry they wish to pursue."
All of this new information has bubbled up from the past in anticipation of the ITV documentary about Jimmy Savile tomorrow night. Many accounts of sexual assault have been reported as well as the revelation that Savile was questioned in regard to the Jersey children's home abuse investigation in 2007, regarding allegations made in at the home in the '70s.
Continue reading: The Case Against Jimmy Savile Grows
Jimmy Savile has been named as someone investigated during the three year Jersey children's home abuse inquiry, but he was never charged. With the release of a documentary all about Mr Savile this week, the scandal surrounding the Fix-it host is deepening and becoming more and more disturbing.
The BBC today has reported that Savile was investigated in regard to the Jersey children's home abuse inquiry. The inquiry found that there were allegations made against Savile but that there was "insufficient evidence for the investigation to proceed". Seven people were eventually sentenced for the atrocious crimes that took place during the 1970s and 80s, but since his death last year aged 84, there have been more allegations made against him.
Reports of at least two more women coming forward about his abuse of them have been published today on The Daily Mail website. The Mail's also accuses the BBC of a major cover-up of Savile's indecent behaviour and abuse of underage girls. It claims that "A former BBC chauffeur claimed drivers were sacked if they talked about Savile molesting girls".
Continue reading: Jimmy Savile Officially Named In The Jersey Abuse Scandal Inquiry
The Metropolitan police are to launch a new investigation over a Sir Jimmy Savile rape claim after a woman came forward and told detectives that she was raped by the former promoter and DJ in the 1970s. Savile's legacy is in danger of being left in tatters, with a new documentary set to air on ITV tomorrow night (October 3rd) alleging that he indulged in sexual abuse of underage girls.
According to The Guardian, a spokesperson for the Surrey police force said "A woman yesterday (Monday, 1 October) reported a historic allegation of rape. The alleged offence occurred in London, therefore the matter has been referred to the Metropolitan police." The incident refers to Savile, who died last year aged 84 after a career which saw him take on everything from DJ to club promoter to children's TV host. Many of the alleged incidents that ITV are set to uncover took place when Savile was working for the BBC, and there is now severe pressure on the television broadcaster to undertake a full inquiry into the rumours, in spite of them already coming out and claiming that they've found no evidence to back up the claims.
They have, however, issued a new statement that read "These are serious and disturbing new allegations about which we understand the police have been informed. We will, of course, assist the police in every way we can."
How embarrassing: funny-man Jimmy Savile’s headstone was revealed at a ceremony yesterday (September 20th) with a spelling mistake etched into the granite, reports The Guardian.
"Chieftan of Lochaber Highland Games,” read the headstone, misspelling the word “Chieftain, which will cause much embarrassment for the Funeral director Robert Morphet, who vowed: “It will be put right, whatever it takes.” The star's dying wish was to be buried at a 45 degree angle in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, which meant months had to pass before the ground was firm enough to plant his demanding memorial. Amongst the visitors to the headstone was Retired deputy head master Mr Foster, 67, from the sleepy Yorkshire town of Goole. He said: "Jimmy's legacy will be long lasting. The Jimmy Savile charity trust will soon start giving money to good causes.”
"He was just an ordinary bloke from the back streets of Leeds but everyone loved him and wants to pay their respects,” continued Foster. "I dare say soon there will be an ice cream stall and someone selling Jim'll Fix It badges. We feel very proud. I think Jimmy would be highly amused and honoured because he always liked a bit of fun. I bet he is loving this up there. He had made the rain stop and is looking down at us laughing. He always said he would never have a headstone because he wasn't going anywhere but if had to have one it should have 'It was good while it lasted' on it." Nice words.