Ever since the allegations about Sir Jimmy Savile began flooding in following ITV’s Exposure documentary – a follow up to which is on the channel tomorrow night – hundreds of people have come forward to allege that they were abused by the late TV presenter.
And of course, in the wake of the scandal, Scotland Yard have launched an inquiry into the allegations against Savile and “others” and the BBC is conducting its own inquiry into claims that some victims were abused on their premises.
Several high profile celebrities have been arrested in connection with the inquiry, and yet more have come forward to say that Savile’s reputation for being an “sexual predator” were well known.
However today, presenter Chris Tarrant has told the Radio Times that he can’t understand how Savile “got away with it” for all those years…
He said, “I heard about Jimmy Savile. I met him twice and found him deeply unpleasant.
“Pop stars, DJs and girls have been part of the furniture for ever. But even when girls are 15 going on 21, anyone with a brain cell knows they’re off limits.
Meanwhile, fans of This Morning may recall that host Phillip Schofield caused an uproar by presenting PM David Cameron with what’s been dubbed a ‘paedo list’.
ITV recently revealed that they intend to take disciplinary action against Schofield and the producers who were involved in the stunt, but it’s been revealed today that the gaffe could cost ITV £500,000 in damages payouts.
Lord McAlpine, who was apparently – and falsely – accused of wrongdoing and named on the list, has already agreed a £185,000 compensation payout from the BBC after the corporation made the first public reference to the false paedophile allegation.
McAlpine’s lawyer Andrew Reid said of Schofield yesterday, “What he did was very, very low.”
And a source close to McAlpine added, “With ITV they are planning to get considerably more than the BBC because they are a commercial organisation.
“Up to £500,000 is what they are looking at.”
We’ll keep you posted on any developments, but for now, here’s a reminder of the This Morning incident…