The Jimmy Savile scandal has continued to unearth new revelations over the weekend, and today, a former bodyguard to the late DJ and TV presenter claims that Savile regularly bribed police officers into “losing” allegations of child sexual abuse made against him.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Savile’s former employee Dennis Lemmon claimed it first happened in 1958 when Savile was boss of the Mecca Locarno Ballroom in Leeds.
Police had apparently received complaints that Savile was allegedly “messing about with young girls” but Mr Lemmon said they dropped their investigation after “cash changed hands.”
Mr Lemmon, who’s now 80, said, “When all these cases came to light recently I thought back to one night and what was said.
“I was on the door and I saw Jimmy arriving and he looked a bit angry…
“I asked a pal what was up with him and was told he was due in court in the morning for messing around with young girls.
“I didn’t think anything more of it. But when I asked a few days later about the case, I was told there was no case to answer.
“All the charges had been dropped. ‘How?’ I asked. ‘Same as last time,’ I was told. ‘He paid them off.’”
He added of Savile, “I would go on walkabouts with him around the club.
“He would make a point of talking to all the girls in the younger end, the girls who were 14 or 15.
“Those were the girls he always wanted to speak to.”
The paper adds, “In 1971, an allegation was made that Savile was involved with Clair McAlpine, a 15-year-old dancer on the show, who later committed suicide. No further action was taken.
“In the late 1970s police were told by a nurse of concerns that Savile was abusing patients at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. They dropped the investigation because of lack of evidence.”
Yesterday, Derek Chinnery, a former BBC executive revealed that he once quizzed Savile over rumours he “liked under-age girls.”
He said, “I asked: ‘What’s all this we hear about you, Jimmy?’
“And he said: ‘That’s all nonsense.’ There was no reason to disbelieve him.”
And of course, numerous people have come out of the sordid woodwork, claming they were fully aware of Savile’s behaviour, but yet shockingly, nobody did a thing.
The BBC is reportedly conducting a full inquiry into allegations that the corporation’s top brass simply ignored claims of misconduct on Savile’s part.