New Jimmy Savile victim claims she was molested on live Top Of The Pops, in full view of camera, but told by bosses to “get lost” when she reported it!
Even more shocking is the fact that terrified Sylvia Edwards claims that after Savile put his hand up her skirt, during the end of the live chart show episode, she reported the incident to a BBC boss, who told her to “get lost”!
In the video clip, which can be seen on the Suns website here, the late presenter can be seen sat next to Sylvia when she jumps up, startled, which is when she claims he put his hand up her skirt, whilst he laughed and told the camera: “I tell you something, a fella could get used to this, as it ’appens, he really could get used to it.”
Speaking for the first time about the ordeal, Sylvia told The Sun: “I felt his fingers go towards my bottom. It was disgusting.”
Afterwards she ran straight to a BBC floor manager and told him what Savile had done. To her horror, he said: “Get lost — it’s just Jimmy messing about.”
This may well be the first piece of visual evidence in the case against Savile, which is currently being investigated by Scotland Yard who are sifting through over 400 lines of enquiry at present.
Sylvia claims that she had been excited to be among a group of girls hand-picked to sit next to the DJ as he introduced artists, including Elton John who performed his ballad Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.
The next act that Savile, 50 at the time, introduced was If You Leave Me Now, by Chicago, and it was during this song that the alleged abuse of Sylvia began.
The 55-year-old mum of two recalled: “Jimmy Savile appeared in the middle of us and the camera panned around.
“Then I felt his hand go up my skirt. I leapt off my chair in shock. I was so surprised I cried out and didn’t know how to deal with it.
“But he just laughed and carried on mauling me while talking to the camera. I panicked and tried to move away from him but it was so crowded I couldn’t escape. When I tried to sit down his hand was still there and went for my bottom again.
“I felt so embarrassed and ashamed because it was live on TV and all my friends and family were watching.
“The worst thing was that he was so casual when he did it. He was committing a sexual assault live on the BBC and no one gave a damn.”
Sylvia went to seek help but found none from the bosses that should have been protecting her.
She said: “There was a man standing next to a camera with headphones on who seemed to be running the show, so I went up to him and told him Jimmy Savile had just put his hand up my skirt.
“But he was very cross and told me to get lost. He said it was just Jimmy messing about and I was being stupid.
“Then he said he was busy and moved me out of the way because I was blocking a camera shot.
“I was a naive girl then — I’d never slept with anyone — and was shocked. I didn’t know where to go or who to speak to after getting rejected like that.
“I tried to shut it out of my mind as best as I could. But looking back, I wish I’d had the courage to take my complaint further.
“The evidence on the video is clear, and if I could have got him convicted, I might have saved other young people from much worse.
“But I have to stop blaming myself because, at the end of the day, he did that to me on live TV and they let him. How could the BBC’s bosses ever say they didn’t know what was going on?”
Sylvia, who was a trainee hairdresser at the time of the show, went on: “What he did to me was minor compared to some. But it affects me to this day.
“I have never felt comfortable about being touched. All these years I’ve never said anything because I thought no one would listen after what the BBC man said.
“You can hear Savile on the video saying, ‘A fella could get used to this’. The tragedy for his victims is, that’s just what he did.”