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Jimmy Savile Hit With Child Sexual Abuse Accusations by 450 Alleged Victims

December 13, 2012 (6:20 am) GMT
The late BBC presenter becomes a suspect in 31 rape allegations that lead to the arrests of publicist Max Clifford, singer Gary Glitter, comedian Freddie Starr and DJ Dave Lee Travis.
Jimmy Savile

Police have received complaints from 589 people in underage sexual abuse related to BBC's top presenter Jimmy Savile and others. 450 complainants claim they were sexually assaulted by the late presenter. He's a suspect in 31 allegations of rape in seven different areas of the country.

A police report of investigation in Jimmy's pedophile scandal during his career in showbiz over several decades will be released in the New Year. Commander Peter Spindler from Scotland Yard said, "These levels of reporting of sexual abuse against a single individual are unprecedented in the U.K."

"Our officers will continue to investigate allegations made against those who potentially can be brought to justice. So far the Operation Yewtree team have detained seven suspects and assisted in the arrest of three others elsewhere in the country. More arrests nationally will be forthcoming."

"Once again I want to pay tribute to those who have spoken out and bravely shared their experiences of sexual assault," he added. "As a result of their collective efforts we have a great opportunity to learn from the past, develop our understanding of sexual exploitation and improve our safeguarding procedures."

"Our response should send a clear warning to anyone today now in a position of power and influence who abuse their status to sexually exploit children and young people - victims will be listened to and robust action taken."

Savile is believed to have abused young girls in BBC's dressing room and in hospitals where he did charity works. Among those arrested in the investigation are publicist Max Clifford, singer Gary Glitter, comedian Freddie Starr and DJ Dave Lee Travis.

Savile died in 2011 at the age of 84. His scandal prompted George Entwistle's resignation as BBC's Director General and raised question to Mark Thompson, now a chief executive of New York Times, on whether he knew about the abuse when he held the position as Director General in BBC.

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