London: British television star Jimmy Savile is suspected of carrying out an unprecedented number of sex offences including 31 rapes, police said on Wednesday in their most comprehensive review of the scandal. Revelations about Savile, who died last year, provoked outrage across Britain where he had been a household name since the 1960s.
News of Savile's crimes threw his main employer the BBC into turmoil, led to resignation of the BBC's director general just 54 days into his job and provoked awkward questions for his predecessor Mark Thompson, who recently took over as chief executive of the New York Times.
Detectives launched their inquiry 10 weeks ago following reports in a TV documentary that Savile had abused young girls on BBC premises and at hospitals where he did charity work. Since then, 450 people had come forward with allegations about Savile, mostly dealing with sexual abuse, said police.
Savile was now a suspect in 199 crimes, the vast majority of them involving children or young people, the force added. "These levels of reporting of sexual abuse against a single individual are unprecedented in the UK," the police said in a statement....more
01:02 PM, Dec 13, 2012
London: The BBC faced growing fallout on Monday over sexual abuse allegations against a popular children's TV entertainer, as Prime Minister David Cameron accused the broadcaster of changing its story about why it killed a news segment on the accusations. The powerful broadcaster tried to stem the damage, saying in a statement that a top editor had stepped down from its BBC Newsnight program after he was found to have...
08:59 PM, Oct 22, 2012
London: A "shocked" British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday called for allegations of sexual abuse against late Jimmy Savile, one of the biggest stars on British radio and television, to be fully probed. Cameron said that the claims from a number of women which have emerged over recent weeks that they were abused by Savile as teenagers were "truly shocking". Five women alleged that Savile sexually assaulted them as...
09:51 PM, Oct 07, 2012
London: A retired nurse has claimed she watched Jimmy Savile, a former DJ and TV presenter best known for his BBC show Jim'll Fix It, molesting a vulnerable young woman hospital patient. Savile died, aged 88, in October 2011. June Thornton, now 80, said while working as a porter she saw Savile kissing and groping the woman who she believed was recovering from neurosurgery, Daily Express reported on Saturday. The...
11:42 PM, Oct 06, 2012