Sign in to comment!

Menu
Home

World

UK investigations say late celebrity Jimmy Savile abused children, patients in many hospitals

  • Britain Jimmy Savile-1.jpg

    FILE - In this Dec. 17, 1986, file photo, Disc jockey and presenter on Britain's Radio 1, Jimmy Savile is pictured at Madame Tussauds museum in London, England. Investigators said the late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted victims aged from five to 75 in hospitals across Britain over more than four decades. A series of reports released Thursday June 25, 2014 found that Savile, who had unsupervised access to multiple hospitals as a celebrity and a fundraiser, abused both patients and hospital workers. (AP Photo/John Redman, File) (The Associated Press)

  • Britain Jimmy Savile-2.jpg

    FILE - This is Jan 1, 1972 file photo of Jimmy Savile visiting the patients and staff of Leeds General Infirmary in Leeds northern England. Leeds General Infirmary was not only healthcare institution where Jimmy Savile carried out his abuse. Allegations relating to the broadcaster have been made in relation to hospitals, hospices across Britain published in a report Thursday June 26, 2014 (AP Photo/PA, File) UNITED KINGDOM OUT (The Associated Press)

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.

A series of reports released Thursday found that Savile, who had unsupervised access to multiple hospitals as a celebrity fundraiser, abused both patients and hospital workers. Investigators said of the 60 alleged abuses at Leeds general infirmary, three were rapes.

There were also reports Savile claimed to have performed sex acts on the dead. Dr. Sue Proctor, who led one of the investigations, said although the allegations could not be verified, access to hospital mortuaries in the 1980s was "lax."

Savile's reputation collapsed after he died in 2011, when hundreds of witnesses and victims came forward accusing him of sexual abuse.