Dozens of victims of alleged sexual abuse by the late British television star Jimmy Savile have sued the BBC in the wake of a scandal which threw the British broadcaster into turmoil and has raised questions about media ethics.
A police-led report showed last month that Savile sexually assaulted hundreds of people, mainly children, at BBC premises and hospitals over six decades of unparalleled abuse.
Alan Collins, a lawyer representing the group, said 31 victims had lodged their claims seeking compensation with the British High Court against the BBC as well as Savile's estate. The number of claimants was expected to grow, he said.
"They were forced into this position as a result of all the publicity," Collins said.