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British Television Personality And Sexual Abuser Jimmy Savile 'Was Hiding In Plain Sight"

Jimmy Savile was one of Britain's biggest stars, known for his grand personality and charity work. But in reality, it was all a public facade he kept up for years before decades of sexual abuse were uncovered. 

By Chambolion Fairley
Footage of Jimmy Savile in Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story Part 1.

A new Netflix docuseries, Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story, tells the story of UK TV and radio personality Jimmy Savile and how he “charmed the nation with his eccentricity and philanthropy.” Savile was even knighted by the Queen of England for his charitable endeavors. When he died, his funeral was broadcast on the BBC. 

Savile was known for his grand personality and appearances on shows like Top of the Pops, Jim’ll Fix It and the BBC Radio; however, hundreds of sexual abuse allegations against Saville that surfaced after his death have revealed the disturbing truth about him. 

The docuseries contains archival footage of Savile and explores how he fooled the nation for so long. According to the official Netflix synopsis, there are over 450 allegations of sexual assault and abuse against him. Some of the alleged victims were as young as 5-years-old at the time they say they were abused. 

Savile is alleged to have preyed on hundreds of people, assaulting and raping many victims in dressing rooms, schools, and other places. It was not until after his death in 2011, that the reports of his years of predatory behavior were exposed.

According to the joint report “Giving Victims a Voice” by the Metropolitan Police and NSPCC, Jimmy Savile was one of the UK’s “most prolific known sexual predators.”  

The report was conducted as a part of Operation Yewtree — a criminal investigation into Savile that began after five women on a 2012 ITV program accused Savile of sexual abuse during the 1970s. 

The earliest report of abuse was from 1955 in Manchester. The last was reported in 2009. 

The report alleged that “the details provided by the victims of his sexual abuse paint the picture of a mainly opportunistic individual who used his celebrity status as a powerful tool to coerce or control them, preying on the vulnerable or star-struck for his sexual gratification.

“It is now clear that Savile was hiding in plain sight and using his celebrity status and fundraising activity to gain uncontrolled access to vulnerable people across six decades,” the report stated. 

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