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Jimmy Savile - a television presenter, a philanthropist or a “predatory sex offender”?

Written on:October 16, 2023
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Jimmy Savile…A past ridden with alleged abnormal sexual behaviour

Jimmy Savile began his career at BBC in 1964 with the first edition of Top of the Pops and worked on BBC Radio 1 from 1968. In 1990, Jimmy Savile was knighted for his philanthropic efforts. In 2007, investigations were carried out by the Surrey police over child sex abuse claims of 1970s. However, due to insufficient evidence no further action could be taken.

After Jimmy Savile’s death in October 2011, claims surfaced that he had sexually assaulted young teenage girls and children at the height of his popularity between 1960s and 1970s. The Metropolitan Police undertook a joint investigation into Jimmy Savile’s sexual assaults along with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). It was believed that Jimmy Savile carried out these sexual assaults for over four decades.

BBC launched a six-week Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile’s sexual abuse claims, which was dropped in December 2011 following his death. Recent events unfolded when Jimmy Savile documentary was broadcast by ITV.

October 3, 2012: Jimmy Savile documentary is aired by ITV entitled “Exposed: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile”, in which shocking testimonials of many women alleged to have been raped by Jimmy Savile, surfaced.

October 9, 2012: More skeletons fell out of the cupboard as the police were faced with many sexual abuse cases. David Cameron implies that Jimmy Savile may be stripped of his Knighthood owing to his shameful past.

October 10, 2012: Jimmy Savile’s amorous acts shame his family as they remove his headstone Scarborough cemetery, as a mark of respect to the public opinion.

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