Friday, January 11, 2013

The Price of Fame

And who paid it.

(Reuters) - The late British TV presenter Jimmy Savile physically abused hundreds of people over six decades, according to a police-led report on Friday which said he carried out attacks at the BBC and at hospitals where he did voluntary work.
Of his victims, 73 percent were under 18 and 82 percent were female. The oldest was 47 and the youngest just 8.

"Savile's offending footprint was vast, predatory and opportunistic," Commander Peter Spindler told reporters.

Savile, one of the BBC's biggest stars of the 1970s and 80s received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth for charity work. He died in 2011, aged 84, a year before allegations about his abusive behaviour emerged in a TV documentary.

Friday's report said he had committed 214 criminal offences including 34 rapes or serious sexual assaults across the country.

 "It is now clear that Savile was hiding in plain sight and using his celebrity status and fund-raising activity to gain uncontrolled access to vulnerable people across six decades," the report said.


pansypoo said...

silence is opportunity.

Anonymous said...

Amazing that none of his victims came forward while this vile piece of excrement was still alive.

What can we do now, dig up his body and flay it with a cat o' nine tails?

But it does make you wonder how many others just like him are out there, doesn't it?

In Canada we had a similar case with a hockey coach by the name of Graham James who abused several teenage boys before somebody finally blew the whistle.

Plus, of course, "the curse of Maple Leaf Gardens"... when the Toronto hockey team was owned by the late unlamented Harold Ballard, several serial sex abusers used positions at the Gardens to molest little boys...