BBC sex abuse crisis deepens as fourth star is implicated
THE crisis surrounding the BBC's handling of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal deepened further last night amid claims that another personality molested children while at the corporation.
As the number of reported incidents involving the late DJ continued to mount, a woman came forward to allege she had been targeted by another well-known figure at the BBC.
It is understood the man, who has not been named, was a high-profile figure within the Corporation and appeared on a popular soap opera.
The alleged victim decided to lift the lid on her ordeal after watching last week's shocking ITV expose of Savile, who is accused of systematically abusing boys and girls across Britain at the height of his fame.
It is claimed Savile's activities were known about by a number of people at the BBC, but they turned a blind eye because of his popularity at the time.
Other high-profile names who have been accused of knowing about, and even taking part in the abuse, include convicted paedophile Gary Glitter and entertainer Freddie Starr. Both have denied the allegations.
But the new claims relating to a fourth figure are not thought to involve Savile, and if proved, suggest the incidents were far from isolated and went beyond a small tightly knit group at the broadcaster.
Mark Williams-Thomas, the child protection detective who investigated Savile for the ITV documentary, confirmed he was aware of the details and was working with the police.
Suggestions that child abuse was even more widespread at the BBC will intensify pressure on Director General George Entwistle to provide a swift and thorough explanation as to what was known and by whom.
The BBC has already appointed an external investigator to examine the allegations and report back on the extent of any cover-up.
But as the scandal continued to escalate and the corporation's own chairman, Lord Patten described the affair as a "cesspit", Mr Entwistle insisted he was happy with the overall response.
However, senior management at the corporation are facing uncomfortable questions about the decision last year to shelve a 'Newsnight' investigation into the late entertainer's activities.
Bosses also went ahead with tribute programmes, despite knowing that 'Newsnight' was preparing an investigation.
Meanwhile the tide of claims against Savile showed no sign of abating, with the number of police forces receiving complaints rising to 13.
Three hospitals, Broadmoor, Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) and Stoke Mandeville, have also become the focus of allegations, with suggestions that Savile abused vulnerable patients.
Psychiatric nurse Naomi Stanley, who worked at Broadmoor in the 1980s, said a patient had told her she had been repeatedly raped by Savile.
The nurse said the woman had told her that when she had threatened to report Savile he had laughed at her and said no one would believe her.
Another woman, who was a patient at LGI in 1972 said she saw Savile abuse a brain-damaged girl on a ward. (©Daily Telegraph, London)