Britain's child sex abuse inquiry: the facts

2014-07-09 17:24

Britain has ordered an inquiry into claims that politicians may have sexually abused children in the 70s and 80s. Here are details of the allegations, how they came to light and the government reaction.

Inquiry: Savile victims were laughed at

2014-02-24 17:05

British authorities "laughed at" victims of paedophile broadcaster Jimmy Savile when they revealed at the time that he had sexually abused them, a report by a charity says.

Rolf Harris faces further sex assault charges

2013-12-23 17:19

Veteran Australian entertainer Rolf Harris is facing three more sex assault charges, including one allegedly involving a girl aged 7 or 8, Britain's public prosecutor says.

UK broadcaster loses OBE over sex assaults

2013-10-22 22:37

Veteran British broadcaster Stuart Hall will be stripped of a prestigious honour after being jailed for a string of indecent assaults, a government source has said.

DJ charged with indecent assault

2013-08-16 14:05

A prominent British DJ has been charged with 11 counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault, authorities said, for offences that allegedly occurred over a period of 30 years.

UK comedian arrested over child abuse

2013-05-07 09:22

Veteran British comic Jimmy Tarbuck has become the latest celebrity to be arrested in connection with a historical child sex abuse investigation, media has reported.

Bullying a 'real concern' at BBC

2013-05-02 22:14

A report into staff behaviour at the BBC commissioned after the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal has concluded that sexual harassment was rare, but bullying was a "very real concern".

Reports link Rolf Harris to Savile case

2013-04-19 14:07

British media say veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has been arrested as part of a police investigation into sexual abuse allegations stemming from the Jimmy Savile scandal.

BBC broadcaster maintains innocence

2013-02-07 19:16

Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall says he had been through a "living nightmare" since being charged with rape and indecent assault dating back more than 40 years.

Savile hid 'in plain sight'

2013-01-11 17:06

The late entertainer Jimmy Savile had committed more than 200 sex crimes over more than half a century, with most victims children and teens assaulted the length and breadth of Britain.

Jimmy Savile's access to Thatcher revealed

2012-12-28 09:14

Newly released documents show now-disgraced BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile's friendly ties to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

BBC sex scandal: Max Clifford out on bail

2012-12-07 09:43

British public relations guru Max Clifford has been released on bail after being questioned in connection with investigations into a child abuse scandal linked to a former BBC entertainer.

BBC settlement with politician 'likely'

2012-11-15 20:41

A lawyer for the Conservative Party politician wrongly implicated in a child sex abuse scandal says he is likely to reach a settlement with the BBC shortly.

Savile scandal: Police make new arrest

2012-11-15 14:01

Police have arrested a man in his 60s from the central English county of Bedfordshire as part of an investigation into alleged child abuse centering on former BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.

BBC execs stand aside over Savile crisis

2012-11-12 14:00

The BBC has announced that two of its executives are standing aside and has warned more heads may roll as it battles with a major crisis over its reporting of sex abuse.

BBC in crisis as chief resigns

2012-11-11 18:41

The BBC is in turmoil after its director general dramatically quit over a broadcast by the British broadcaster's flagship news show that wrongly accused a politician of child sex abuse.

BBC in fresh sex scandal row

2012-11-10 09:34

The BBC has suspended all investigations by its flagship current affairs programme Newsnight after a politician was wrongly named on the internet as a paedophile.

UK politician dragged into Savile scandal

2012-11-03 12:03

Speculation is circulating after a BBC news programme embroiled in the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal aired a report in which two men claimed they had been abused by a top politician.

UK comedian held in Savile abuse probe

2012-11-01 21:41

UK comedian Freddie Starr has been arrested by police who are currently investigating sexual abuse allegations against the late TV star Jimmy Savile.

Gary Glitter arrested in sex abuse case

2012-10-29 07:40

Former glam rocker Gary Glitter has been released on bail after being arrested by police investigating sexual abuse allegations against the late British TV star Jimmy Savile that have plunged the BBC into crisis.

UK cops: 300 possible Savile victims

2012-10-25 16:28

British police probing alleged child sex abuse by late BBC television star Jimmy Savile say their investigations have uncovered around 300 possible victims.

DJ Jimmy Savile dies

2011-10-29 17:36

Famously eccentric, cigar-chomping British broadcaster Jimmy Savile has died at the age of 84.


UK probe: Savile abused victims aged 5 to 75

2014-06-26 19:09

Investigators say the late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted victims aged from five to 75 in hospitals across Britain over more than four decades.

Rolf Harris denies indecent assault charges

2014-01-15 16:06

Rolf Harris has denied charges of indecent assault, a day that saw the start of high-profile trials of several entertainment figures accused of sex crimes allegedly stretching back several decades.

BBC driver accused of sex offences found dead

2013-10-29 13:13

A former BBC driver arrested as part of an investigation set up to examine sexual abuse claims against Jimmy Savile has been found dead, police say.

Jimmy Savile denied sex abuse claims according to transcript

2013-10-16 15:25

British police have released a transcript of an interview with Jimmy Savile in which the disgraced late BBC entertainer vehemently denied allegations of sexual abuse.

152 new abuse allegations at BBC

2013-05-31 22:10

The BBC says 152 new sex abuse allegations have been made since the Jimmy Savile scandal erupted last year.

Stuart Hall admits 14 indecent assaults

2013-05-03 11:03

Veteran BBC sportscaster Stuart Hall has pleaded guilty to 14 indecent assaults on underage girls, prompting the broadcaster to drop him for his "sickening" behaviour.

Soap star charged over rape claims

2013-05-02 12:44

William Roache, a long-time star of British soap opera Coronation Street, has been charged with two counts of rape involving a 15-year-old girl in the 60s.

Police ignored Savile claims for 50 years

2013-03-12 09:30

British police investigated allegations of abuse against disgraced late television presenter Jimmy Savile in 1964 but ignored evidence and failed to follow up complaints, say inspectors.

Jimmy Savile victims to seek damages

2013-01-12 19:19

Around 50 victims of alleged sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile are set to seek damages from the late broadcaster's estate and from the BBC and NHS, according to their lawyer.

Savile 'abused hundreds over six decades'

2013-01-11 13:03

The late British TV presenter Jimmy Savile physically abused hundreds of people over six decades, says a police-led report.

Top international scandals of 2012

2012-12-27 11:46

From the spear that divided a nation to Lance Armstrong losing his Tour de France titles, here are some of 2012's most sensational stories.

UK radio presenter denies sex offences

2012-11-16 21:06

British radio presenter Dave Lee Travis hasprotested his innocence following his arrest for sexual offences, after his employers said he was being taken off the air with immediate effect.

DJ held in Savile probe

2012-11-15 18:52

Former radio DJ Dave Lee Travis has been arrested as part of the police investigation set up in the wake of allegations against his BBC colleague, Jimmy Savile, British media report.

'Basic' failings in BBC abuse story

2012-11-13 11:00

The BBC showed "basic" journalistic failures in a news report in which it wrongly accused a senior politician of child abuse, an internal investigation has found.

Third arrest in Savile probe

2012-11-11 22:42

British police investigating allegations of child abuse against the late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, have one of his former producers on suspicion of sexual offences.

BBC in crisis as chief resigns

2012-11-11 14:08

The BBC is in turmoil after its director general dramatically quit over a broadcast by the British broadcaster's flagship news show that wrongly accused a politician of child sex abuse.

British PM warns of gay witch-hunt

2012-11-08 21:16

British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned against a witch-hunt of gay people after he was given a list of alleged child sex abuse suspects on live TV.

Comedian gets bail in Savile abuse probe

2012-11-02 10:00

A man named by media as British comedian Freddie Starr has been released on bail after he was arrested by police investigating sexual abuse allegations against the late TV star Jimmy Savile.

Savile estate frozen due to abuse claims

2012-11-01 18:51

The bank handling the estate of late British entertainer Jimmy Savile has frozen his assets to make it easier for possible sex abuse victims to make financial claims.

Vatican won't revoke sex celeb honour

2012-10-27 17:02

The Vatican says it cannot rescind the papal knighthood awarded to television star Jimmy Savile, who emerged as an alleged child sex predator.

Sex abuse claims 'grave', says BBC chief

2012-10-23 14:32

The head of Britain's BBC says that allegations of sexual abuse against one of its former stars is a grave matter but denies bosses had tried to cover the crisis up.

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