Friday 19 January 2018

Savile raped boy (10) in his 'Top of the Pops' dressing room

Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, (left) and Rona Fairhead, Chairman of the BBC Trust, talk to reporters (PA)
Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, (left) and Rona Fairhead, Chairman of the BBC Trust, talk to reporters (PA)

Lucy Christie

One of Jimmy Savile's victims was a 12-year-old girl from Scotland who persuaded her aunt to take her to see 'Top of the Pops'.

The girl had travelled to London to visit the relative, who agreed to accompany her to the studios in December 1973. She and a 10-year-old boy ended up being taken to a dressing room to meet Savile, who still had on the Womble costume he had worn to present the show.

The woman, who now lives abroad, told the review that after chatting for around 15 minutes Savile raped the boy before sexually assaulting her.

Afterwards, the presenter put an arm round each of them and told them that what had happened was a "secret".

The victim said she remembers walking to the Tube station and telling her aunt they had seen Slade and had pop and biscuits with Savile.

The report said: "She did not tell anyone what had happened.

"She thought it was her fault and that she might go to hell for what she had done."

The woman came forward after seeing a newspaper advertisement placed by a firm of solicitors, inviting victims of Savile to make contact.

The man who had been in Savile's dressing room with her had instructed the same firm and one testimony supported the other. Report author Dame Janet Smith said: "I accept their accounts as true".

The review heard evidence that Savile would on occasion bring an entourage of middle-aged men with him to the studios.

Describing the man who escorted the two children to his room, the report said: "If the man with the earring was one of the entourage, it would explain first why a boy of 10 and a girl of 12 were let into the studio.

"Second, if the man with the earring was keeping guard outside the dressing room, the risk which Savile took by behaving as he did with these two children would be much reduced."

Irish Independent

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