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Jimmy Savile victims to seek damages

2013-01-12 19:19

London - Around 50 victims of alleged sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile are set to seek damages from the late broadcaster's estate and from organisations including the BBC and Britain's health service, their lawyer said on Saturday.

A report by British police on Friday said Savile "groomed the nation" over six decades, hiding behind his fame to assault girls, boys and adult women on BBC premises and in schools and hospitals.

Liz Dux, a lawyer representing more than 50 of Savile's victims, said that because Savile had died in 2011 aged 84, civil claims were the only way that they could get justice.

Recompense

"Compensation is not at the forefront of their mind, but of course it's the only method of recompense that we can get for them now, given that he can't be prosecuted," she said.

Dux said they would consider making claims against Savile's heirs, against the BBC - the publicly funded broadcaster that made Savile one of its biggest stars in the 1970s and 1980s - and the state-run National Health Service.

"We now have to look at what was known in the organisations. Once these inquiries have taken place then we will be able to make progress with the civil claims.

"Those inquiries are hugely important to the evidence and it will be foolhardy to press ahead straight away with the civil claims now without that evidence coming forward.

"A moratorium has been agreed in respect of the majority of the potential defendants to await the outcome of the inquiry."

In the three-month investigation by police and the NSPCC children's charity, it emerged that Savile used his fame as presenter of BBC TV's "Top of the Pops" chart show and children's programme "Jim'll Fix It" to rape and assault victims on BBC premises as well as in schools and hospitals where he did charity work.

The report recorded 214 criminal offences, including 34 rapes - 28 of them of children. Three-quarters of the victims were children, mostly girls aged between 13 and 16, but the youngest was an 8-year-old boy.

Comments
  • wonderboy.ngubeni - 2013-01-12 19:36

    S.ick European culture to molest

      MallyGold - 2013-01-12 20:29

      Then my dear wonderboy; what do you think of the disgraceful African culture who rape babies and young children and kill the weak, sick, frail & elderly?

      Llewelyn Claude Louw - 2013-01-12 21:39

      Wonderboy, you should change your name to Stupidboy. Before you now grab your phone to send an even stupider reply and accuse me of racism, please check my Facebook account. I'm probably darker than you are.

      Adeeb Saban - 2013-01-12 22:13

      Wonderboy u are a racist African retard. Stupid comment considering the African tendency to rape babies

      koos.meyer.52 - 2013-01-13 08:05

      Don't even go there, all we have read about every day is rape after rape in the townships, even raping their own grandmothers, their own daughters, never mind babies...

      patrick.saunders123 - 2013-01-13 10:18

      as opposed to the african culture that believes having sex with a virgin cures AIDS? Or sees nothing wrong with raping lesbians? Or murders children for muti?

  • hirundine - 2013-01-12 20:27

    So far, the authorities have isolated this man. As if he did it without help. You do not get the sort of assistance of access to those institutions, that Savile enjoyed, where many of his crimes took place. The cover-ups over decades. Unless you have sympathetic friends that are likely complicit? With the whole sordid business. No matter, who you are. You do not get away with it, unless it's being aided and abetted.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2013-01-12 21:32

    Wow, is there a legal precedent for this sort of case? Hundreds of people claiming from the heirs of a dead man? If his fortune has already been bequeathed to others, can a portion of it be forcibly taken back and distributed to victims? Surely the courts cannot find in the favour of the victims if they are unable to hear from the defence, who is now deceased. This will make for a fascinating case study - and may see many more claims against other dead celebrities.

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