Police: TV host Jimmy Savile exploited fame to abuse children on vast scale
London (CNN) – Britain’s late TV presenter and radio host Jimmy Savile sexually abused hundreds of people and carried out more than 30 rapes, police said Friday, as they unveiled a report exposing “vast, predatory and opportunistic” abuses across six decades.
Nearly three-quarters of his victims were children, the report said, with the youngest only 8 years old. Most but not all were female.
Since the inquiry was launched three months ago, about 600 people have come forward to provide information, 450 relating to Savile, London’s Metropolitan Police said.
From this, 214 crimes have been recorded, including 34 of rape or penetration, across the country.
Savile used his celebrity to “hide in plain sight” as he opportunistically preyed on the children and young people with whom he came into contact as he presented BBC children’s show “Jim’ll Fix It” and music show “Top of the Pops,” the report said.
It disgusts me that this scumbag “went down to his grave in peace”! Savile seems to have been a genius at using every ounce of societal Old-Boy-ism, celebrity, philanthropy and lifestyle “tolerance” to do pretty much as he pleased for nearly 6 decades. How many leaders of the “Beeb” through the decades knew to a substantial degree Savile was a sexual predator? How many girls and women did they knowingly put in jeopardy by failing to protect them and instead protected Savile? How many heads of hospitals and charities? How many police officials? How many Parliamentarians?
Looking on this side of The Pond, how many Roman Polanskis are hiding (and being hidden!)in plain sight in Hollywood and New York (the media capitals of the US)?