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My sisters saved me from Savile when I was just 14, reveals Coleen

COLEEN Nolan has opened up about how her protective sisters saved her from falling into the clutches of the late DJ Jimmy Savile.

The TV star met Savile during a Top Of The Pops performance in 1979, when she was just 14. In front of million of viewers, the DJ was seen hugging her tightly.

Coleen (47) claims the Savile later invited her to his hotel room but her sisters stopped her from going.

Her revelations comes as the director-general of the BBC, George Entwistle, said he "deeply regrets" the experiences of the women who allege that the late Jimmy Savile sexually abused them.

Mr Entwistle said: "I would like to apologise to each and every one of them for what they have had to endure here."

He promised "a comprehensive examination of what went on".

"At the heart of what went on are a series of criminal allegations about the behaviour of Sir Jimmy Savile. The way to deal with those is to make sure the police are allowed to make the examinations and inquiries they need to make.

"It's critically important that we start by putting the BBC at the disposal of the police, which is what I did last week."

Coleen has revealed that, off-camera, the star had invited her to his hotel suite, where she believes she would have been sexually assaulted.

However, her sisters, who were all part of The Nolans, warned her not to go.

Only being a teenager, Coleen says she was impressed and flattered that the DJ wanted to spend time with her.

But she now believes she would have been molested had her sisters not intervened and said she had a "lucky escape".

"When someone that famous wants to spend time with you, you're thrilled. I thought 'Oh wow'.

"But my sisters told me, 'That's not right Coleen, that's just weird'," she recounted.

Sister Linda Nolan (53) remembered: "If we hadn't been there, God knows what would have happened. It could have gone very wrong.

"Coleen probably didn't think for a minute what could have happened. It was exciting for her to meet a big TV star. When she told us about the hotel suite she said it would be great and we said 'I don't think so'."



Inquiry

The Nolan sisters were speaking after Coleen featured in ITV documentary Exposure: The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile in which five women claimed they were assaulted by the radio and TV personality while schoolgirls in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Since the programme aired, some 40 women have come forward and alleged that they were sexually assaulted by Savile.

His former employer, the BBC, is now under pressure to launch an internal inquiry into the claims.

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