When I started hearing reports about allegations against the late Sir Jimmy Savile of sexual abuse of under-age girls, I thought they would probably be vague, opportunistic claims, and wondered why the matter hadn’t been raised while he was alive. Then I saw the ITV programme about the investigation by ex-police officer, now journalist, Mark Williams-Thomas.
It was, by necessity since Savile is dead, one-sided, but the evidence was compelling, with victim after victim telling their story, with one particular telling detail repeated again and again. It seems that Savile wasn’t interested in any kind of foreplay, and rarely even gave the girls any notice of his intention to have sex with them.
A couple of sequences in the programme were especially jarring, though it couldn’t be said to be strong evidence by itself. It was a clip from Savile’s 1970s show “Clunk, Click. He and his guest were quite hands-on with the audience of teenage girls. That guest was Paul Gadd, aka Gary Glitter. A further audio clip had Savile defending Gadd, saying he hadn’t really done anything wrong, as he hadn’t made the child porn on his computer public, the people who were supposed to be repairing his computer were at fault for reporting them to the police. Presumably, using that logic, no criminal should be prosecuted if they try to keep their crimes secret.
As I said, not really evidence of wrongdoing, but those clips do tend to corroborate what the witnesses said.
- Criminologist stands by Savile child sex claims (itv.com)
- Video: Gary Glitter accused in new Jimmy Savile allegations (itv.com)
- Sex allegations against Sir Jimmy Savile (bigpondnews.com)
- Savile report details child sex abuse (hosted.ap.org)
- Figures reveal the extent of Jimmy Savile’s offending (itv.com)
- Savile wasn’t ‘hiding in plain sight’. It was a cover-up. (tompride.wordpress.com)