McCartney says Beatles thought Savile was 'a bit suspect'
Paul McCartney (pictured) has become one of the first rock stars to speak about Jimmy Savile and the sexual climate of the 1960s and 1970s.
Few rock stars have said anything about their behaviour at the time, and the Savile revelations.
Now the pop icon has given his thoughts, and spoken about The Beatles' friendship with Savile, in an interview with 'i', to be published in full tomorrow.
McCartney told the paper that in The Beatles' early days they were close to Savile, and travelled with him.
Later at the height of Beatlemania, Savile compered their Christmas shows, but the band members "always thought there was something a little bit suspect" about him.
McCartney also spoke about the sexual mores of the period: "It was a much more open scene – you know free love. The other aspect of course is that we, though not quite Jimmy, we were of the age of the girls, we were all young. . .
"The closer we were in age of course the less it seemed to matter. We knew with under-16s it was illegal, so we didn't do it." (© Independent News Service)
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