Jimmy Savile dressed as Womble to rape boy of 10 in dressing room

Jimmy Savile dressed as Womble to rape boy of 10 in dressing room

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Fiend … ‘Womble’ Savile minutes before double attack in 1973

BBC paedo Jimmy Savile wore a Womble costume when he raped a boy aged ten and sexually assaulted a girl of 12 in front of each other.

The DJ struck in his dressing room minutes after he had finished filming a Top of the Pops pre-Christmas show in 1973.

The shocked lad “sat still like a statue” before Savile warned the pair: “It’s our special secret.” The attacks were revealed in Dame Janet Smith’s £10million, three-year report released yesterday in which she slammed the BBC for allowing Savile and pervert broadcaster Stuart Hall to abuse 93 victims.

The judge said her report made for “sorry reading”, and slammed the BBC’s culture of star treatment.

She found Savile abused 72 victims, including 11 under 12.

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Savile abuse report: BBC ‘missed chances to stop attacks’

His youngest female rape victim was 13, the youngest male aged eight.

Savile attacked 19 victims linked to TOTP and 17 from Jim’ll Fix It.

Most of his attacks, 44 in all, took place in the 1970s. The earliest was in 1959, the last in 2006.

Hall abused 21 victims, all female, the youngest ten. His first attack was in 1967/68, the last in 1991.

TOTPs ‘a pick-up chance’

Of those abused by Savile, at least five had been invited back to the pervert’s dressing room.

He sourced many from TOTP audiences, and Dame Janet said it was unacceptable for the BBC to run a show which effectively provided Savile with a “picking up” opportunity.

Many fans were terrified into silence. Savile told one: “Don’t even think about going to the papers.”

Another victim recalled how her boss had warned her: “Keep your mouth shut, he is a VIP.”

Other revelations included rumours Savile was a necrophiliac.

Whitewash on bosses

Dame Janet’s verdict sparked fresh claims of a whitewash. She found no formal complaints made against Savile while he was at the BBC.

Instead she found eight informal complaints about inappropriate sexual conduct, including five from staff and three from outside the Corporation. None were ever pursued.

Dame Janet said “certain junior and middle-ranking” BBC managers were aware of Savile’s behaviour, and had even warned the pervert to stop.

But she still did not believe any senior staff knew. She added: “I have found no evidence that the BBC, as a corporate body, was aware of Savile’s inappropriate sexual conduct.”

Report ‘watered down’

Dame Janet ... attempts to avoid singling out the Beeb
Dame Janet … attempts to avoid singling out the Beeb

Dame Janet said she had interviewed 41 new witnesses since a draft was leaked last month and had rewritten the report 50 times.

Yet her final version appears to have been watered down.

In the draft, Dame Janet said she believed a predatory child abuser could be “lurking undiscovered” at the BBC “even today”.

But in a clear attempt to avoid singling out the Beeb, her final version noted: “My answer is that I do not think there is any organisation that can be completely confident that it does not harbour a child abuser.”

Dame Janet defended BBC stars Mark Lawson and Louis Theroux for failing to report Savile to police.

On arts show Front Row in 2006, Savile wrapped his legs around a woman’s thigh and “rubbed his crotch up and down” but was spotted by host Mr Lawson. He told his editor but it never went to police. And the woman did not wish to make a complaint, the report said.

Filmmaker Theroux and producer David Mortimer were spared from blame after they decided in 2001 it was not “right” to tell cops, without a victim’s permission, about Savile allegedly abusing her at 15.

Sun stories ignored

Bosses had wrongly dismissed “tabloid press” reports on Savile, which was “a dangerous attitude to adopt”.

Dame Janet added Sun articles in 1983 should have been enough to persuade bosses to axe Jim’ll Fix It, regardless that the public appeared to “admire, even adore” the star.

Compo and changes

Director-General Tony Hall
Director-General Tony Hall pixel GRG

The BBC yesterday confirmed it had so far paid £526,000 in damages and £381,000 in costs to 36 victims. It will be reclaimed from the estate of Savile who died aged 84 in 2011.

Dame Janet told bosses to publish an action plan within six months, saying hierarchical management structures should be re-examined.

Director-General Tony Hall said he accepted the recommendations in full, adding: “The importance of getting our culture right is key.”


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It’s too little and too late

VICTIMS dismissed the report and the woman he molested live on Top of the Pops blasted: “It’s too little, too late.”

Millions saw him put his hand up 18-year-old Sylvia Edwards’ skirt in November 1976.

Sylvia, now 59, of Twickenham, said: “The BBC should have taken steps to stop Savile. They knew what was going on.”

Steven George, of Portsmouth, was abused by Savile in Broadmoor. He said: “His victims were dismissed summarily, with retorts like, ‘Oh that’s just his way’.

“BBC staff did nothing. I cannot forgive them for that.”

ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen said Savile was appointed to be “humane, good, kind, and generous” to children on Jim’ll Fix It.

She said: “That is a terrible irony. It must not be repeated.”


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5 chances to catch sick pair


THERE were five clear “missed opportunities” to catch Savile and Hall, Dame Janet claimed.

In 1969 a 16-year-old girl was ignored after being molested by Savile during a Top of the Pops recording.

In 1976 another young girl groped by Savile on the show was told it was “just Jimmy mucking about”.

And a 1973 probe into the DJ by then Radio 1 controller Douglas Muggeridge ended after Savile denied the allegations.

Dame Janet said “proper investigation” would have made the BBC “aware of Savile’s nature”.

There were also two chances to stop Hall in the 1970s, the report said.

BBC Manchester regional manager Raymond Colley challenged him about rumours he was having sex in his dressing room.

He warned Hall about his future conduct but failed to follow up. And news editor Tom German was “probably aware” Hall was having sex on BBC premises.

3 key men who did not act

DAME Janet said several people either knew about Savile and Hall’s abuse, suspected it, or should have known, but failed to report it or take proper action.

Radio 1 producer Ted Beston was a “provider” of young women for the DJ.

Dame Janet said despite Beston’s denials, he must have realised some girls were underage.

She added: “He admired Savile. I don’t think it ever crossed his mind that he should have reported him.”

Canon Colin Semper, who helped Savile write God’ll Fix It in 1979, did think the perv may have had casual sex with young girls, but did not actually know.

Dame Janet said: “He ought to have discussed his concerns with a manager.”

Radio 1 and 2 controller Douglas Muggeridge was also named.

He launched two investigations into Savile in 1973 after hearing rumours, but neither was pursued. Muggeridge has since died.


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