Sir Jimmy Savile police to quiz “some of Britain’s biggest rock stars” as part of Operation Yewtree
It’s been reported today that a number of the UK’s “biggest rock stars” are due to be questioned as part of the ongoing police inquiry into allegations of child sex abuse against the late Sir Jimmy Savile and “others.”
As part of Operation Yewtree, it’s expected that the latest round of arrests will relate to allegations that some stars of the music industry had sexual relations with underage “groupies” during the sixties and seventies.
We reported recently that PR guru Max Clifford had predicted this may happen, saying that many of those who will be – or have been accused – “never asked for anybody’s birth certificate.”
So far, Operation Yewtree officers have identified at least 450 abuse victims and of the investigation, Commander Peter Spindler said, “We are dealing with alleged abuse on an unprecedented scale…
“The profile of this operation has empowered a staggering number of victims to come forward to report the sexual exploitation which occurred during their childhood.”
The Daily Star adds, “Last week a TV personality in his 80s was ‘interviewed under caution’ by the team following a swoop on his home. Although he was not formally arrested, he was the fifth suspect to be questioned by the ‘Savile squad’.”
Convicted paedophile Gary Glitter was among the first to be arrested and questioned with regard to the investigation, and since then, Dave Lee Travis, Freddie Starr and ex-BBC producer Wilfred De’Ath have been arrested and bailed pending further inquiries.
Savile’s former chauffeur Ray Teret was also arrested on suspicion of raping three girls in the sixties and seventies.
Last week, Mark Williams-Thomas, whose ITV documentary Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile first raised awareness of Savile’s alleged paedophilia, said more high-profile arrests were on the way.
Here’s a reminder of his first Savile documentary…
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