Jimmy Savile: Police launch investigation after Midlothian woman alleges TV presenter subjected her to vile sex attack as a child

A police investigation has been launched after a Midlothian woman made historic child abuse claims against Jimmy Savile.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the TV personality and predatory paedophile subjected her to a sickening sex attack while she visited family in England as a child in the 1980s.

She told the Daily Record how she was taken to Leeds to visit family members, and while there her mother introduced her to Savile via a third party.

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The woman has been interviewed by Police Scotland and West Yorkshire Police over the allegations.

She told the Daily Record: “My family had relatives in Leeds, so I would be down there a fair amount in my childhood. On one trip, my mum took me to a posh hotel in Leeds and I was amazed at how fancy it was.

“I would have been about eight at the time. We sat in the main reception area and a man came down, who I learned later was Savile’s associate. He took me up to a room, a suite, and there was Jimmy Savile in shorts and T-shirt.

“I had always loved Jim’ll Fix It and wanted to be on it. My mum was away by this time. I was in awe. I was just sitting with him and he gave me a drink of lemonade but after a while I felt funny.

“He took me off to one of the many rooms at the side of the main living room. We sat down and then he sexually abused me.

Disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile, who died in 2011. Picture: PADisgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile, who died in 2011. Picture: PA
Disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile, who died in 2011. Picture: PA

“I always felt ashamed about it.

“I tried to shut it out for years and thought I was being stupid dwelling on things that happened so long ago. It happened more than once with Savile. In total, I would say he abused me half a dozen times.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We are investigating reports of historical sexual abuse. Inquiries are ongoing.”

Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84 having never been brought to justice for his crimes, is believed to have abused up to 1,000 children, with some being as young as two years old.

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A 2016 report into his child sex crimes found staff at the BBC, who employed Savile for many years, missed numerous opportunities to stop him.

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