Ever since ITV aired Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, the scandal it began has grown exponentially and has seen convicted paedophile Gary Glitter – whose real name is Paul Gadd – and comedian Freddie Starr assisting police with their inquiries into Operation Yewtree, which encompasses allegations against Savile and “others.”
And in today’s Sun, a man who formerly worked as a TV extra at the BBC has claimed that the late comedy actor Leonard Rossiter – who of course played iconic character Reginald Perrin – sexually assaulted him.
The man also claims that three other BBC staff attempted to rape him while Rossiter performed a sex act on him.
Describing the BBC as a “cesspit of depravity” the man, who was 18 years old at the time of the alleged assaults, added that the attack happened in 1968 as he worked on the set of a controversial BBC play which was entitled The Year of the Sex Olympics…
He said, “In the rehearsal room in TV Centre one BBC man tightly held my wrists while two others were behind me trying to rape me.
“I was the victim of two assaults. The second time they obviously tipped off Leonard Rossiter because while I was struggling and shouting for help he was in the room.
“He obviously found it all a big turn-on. He was watching with glee.
“The staff who attacked me were animals and thought they could get away with anything. It left me devastated and caused great stress.
“I get so angry just thinking about it.”
The man added that he and a female extra – who also claims she was molested – “stormed off” after nothing was done about their complaints.
The unnamed man said, “Staff at Television Centre assumed they could get away with anything.
“The fact the BBC didn’t investigate the complaints by my woman colleague and me goes to show what the place was like back then.
“BBC staff got away with whatever they wanted. It’s time now that these people face justice and I have given a full statement to police.”
A BBC spokesman said, “The BBC cannot comment on individual cases. It will help the police in any way it can in the course of any investigation.”
Meanwhile, as we reported earlier this week, ITV is set to air a second Exposure documentary that will focus on the aftermath of the first…
And while speaking to the Daily Star about the follow-up film, Criminologist Mark Williams-Thomas, who is a former Surrey Police child protection officer, said that the second edition will expose “known people of significant standing”.
Mr Williams-Thomas, who was in Savile’s home town of Leeds this week while filming the follow-up, tweeted, “The tide has turned for many victims. Strength to now disclose historic sexual abuse.”
He added, “There should be some worried people & rightly so. To confirm the arrest of Freddie Starr is directly related to Op Yewtree and Savile investigation.
“More arrests in due course. Huge relief for his victims in many ways.”
We’ll keep you posted on further developments, but in the meantime, here’s a reminder of Rossiter in hit sitcom, Rising Damp…