Fans of the late Sir Jimmy Savile will doubtless be shocked to hear that since his death, he’s been accused of being a paedophile who systematically “groomed” young girls, trading on his fame to attract them.
And the Daily Mirror claims that in a forthcoming ITV documentary, we’ll hear from several women who claim they were victims of the DJ and TV presenter.
The paper states, “The programme will claim that Sir Jimmy used his position as host of shows including Top Of The Pops, Jim’ll Fix It and Clunk Click to find girls who he abused.”
It will also reportedly reveal that Sir Jimmy “groomed” victims as he travelled around the country carrying out his charity work.
The documentary is set to be aired on ITV1 just before the first anniversary of his death on October 29.
The documentary is the culmination of a long-running investigation by leading criminologist and child protection expert Mark Williams-Thomas, who will present the film…
It’s produced by Lesley Gardiner, who also worked with Mr Williams-Thomas on the mini-series To Catch A Paedophile.
A TV insider told the paper, “The programme is the result of a very lengthy investigation, which has been kept highly confidential.
“There have been rumours circulating for years about Sir Jimmy from his days on television. But up until now nobody has got any victims to speak out.
“I have been told that in the programme are both witnesses and victims, some of whom have waived their right to anonymity to speak out for the first time.
“All their stories match up, as the allegations they make are all very similar in the description of what Sir Jimmy did.
“They give detailed accounts of grooming followed in time by assaults, some of which they claim took place at the BBC.”
The source added, “Mark and Lesley have been quite surprised by just how much they have found on Sir Jimmy and how very serious it all is.
“This is not just touching, it is much worse than that.”
In the film, we’ll apparently hear first-hand accounts from alleged victims and we’ll also hear that there were complaints about the star made to police in 2007.
Of those complaints, which include one of an “historic allegation of child sexual abuse” at a Surrey school, we’ll hear that the Crown Prosecution Service decided to take no action due to insufficient evidence.
And of the documentary, Stephen Purdew, who was a close friend of Sir Jimmy’s, said, “These allegations are from 40 years ago. He’s not even alive to defend himself.”
Shocking stuff eh?