As we reported yesterday, in Exposure: The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile – which airs on ITV1 tonight at 11.10pm – several women have come forward to claim that the late DJ and TV presenter was a paedophile who abused them when they were children.
And today, the allegations keep on coming as it’s been reported that ten women have now made similar claims, and that the Metropolitan Police are now investigating allegations of historical rape made against Savile.
The Sun reports that the BBC are assisting the police in that investigation, which also encompasses claims that Savile abused young girls at the now notorious Jersey’s childrens’ home Haut de la Garenne which Savile reportedly visited several times in the sixties and seventies.
Some of the women who we’ll see talking about the alleged abuse in the documentary claims that Savile abused them in his car, at hotels and also at BBC headquarters.
Of the allegations, the Corporation insisted in a statement yesterday that they had “conducted extensive searches of its files” for any record of allegations of paedophilia against the entertainer.
It added that “no such evidence has been found” but a spokesman said last night, “A number of serious and disturbing allegations have been made over the past few days about the sexual abuse of teenage girls by Jimmy Savile.
“Some 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.
“They are allegations of a serious criminal nature which the police have the proper powers to investigate.
“So we have today 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.”
Last night former BBC boss Lord Michael Grade admitted that he had heard “rumours” about Savile’s conduct with minors, but he denied any cover-up had taken place at the BBC.
Lord Grade, who’s now retired, said, “There were question marks, but the entertainment industry is awash on a sea of rumours.
“People would cast aspersions. No one said, ‘I know someone who has been attacked by an artist’ — you would immediately take action.”
Dismissing as “ludicrous” the rumours of a cover-up at the BBC, Lord Grade added, “I never heard anything that gave me cause to think we should investigate or do anything about it.”
Also last night, Tory MP Rob Wilson demanded an independent inquiry into the claims, saying, “It would be disgraceful if Sir Jimmy’s image was protected at the expense of justice for young girls.”
The paper also adds that Sir Jimmy may have hinted at his conduct when he was asked to contribute to a 1991 charity book entitled, Over 500 Trouble-Saving Ideas From The Famous, The Efficient and The Wise.
He wrote an entry entitled, ‘The Eleventh Commandment’ and added, “Thou shall not be found out.”
Royalties from the book went to a hospice in Adderbury, Oxon.
However, Savile’s nephew has slammed the “malicious rumours” about his uncle, saying, “There was never anything sinister about Jimmy.
“He loved children but wanted to entertain them. He would never abuse his position.”
As mentioned, Exposure: The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile, airs on ITV1 at 11.10pm tonight.