Thomas Sheridan: Jimmy Saville | The Opperman Report

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Thomas Sheridan has all the dirt on Jimmy Saville

: Jimmy Saville – 25 July 2014 |

We have to look at the dark shadow in order to find the light.

During Savile's lifetime, sporadic allegations of child abuse were made against him dating back to 1963, but these only became widely publicised after his death. Savile claimed the key to his success on Jim'll Fix It had been that he disliked children, although he later admitted to saying this to deflect scrutiny of his personal life. He did not own a computer, claiming that he did not want anybody to think he was downloading child pornography. His autobiography As it Happens (1974, reprinted as Love is an Uphill Thing, 1976) contains admissions of improper sexual conduct which appear to have passed unnoticed during his lifetime.

“The covered up the activities of for 40 years.”

Former Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd vocalist John Lydon alluded to sordid conduct committed by Savile, as well as suppression of widely held knowledge about such activity, in an October 1978 interview recorded for Radio 1. Lydon stated: “I'd like to kill ; I think he's a hypocrite. I bet he's into all kinds of seediness that we all know about, but are not allowed to talk about. I know some rumours.” He added: “I bet none of this will be allowed out.” As predicted, the comment was edited out by the prior to broadcasting, but the complete interview was included as a bonus track on a re-release of Public Image Ltd's 1978 debut album Public Image: First Issue in 2013, after Savile's death. In October 2014, Lydon expanded on his original quote, saying: “By killed I meant locking him up and stopping him assaulting young children… I'm disgusted at the media pretending they weren't aware.”

In a 1990 interview for The Independent on Sunday, Lynn Barber asked Savile about rumours that he liked “little girls”. Savile's reply was that, as he worked in the pop music business, “the young girls in question don't gather round me because of me – it's because I know the people they love, the stars… I am of no interest to them.” In April 2000, in a documentary by Louis Theroux, When Louis Met… Jimmy, Savile acknowledged “salacious tabloid people” had raised rumours about whether he was a paedophile, and said, “I know I'm not.” A follow-up documentary, Louis Theroux: Savile, about Savile and Theroux's inability to dig more deeply, aired on Two in 2016.

In 2007, Savile was interviewed under caution by police investigating an allegation of indecent assault in the 1970s at the now-closed Duncroft Approved School for Girls near Staines, Surrey, where he was a regular visitor. The Crown Prosecution Service advised there was insufficient evidence to take any further action and no charges were brought. In March 2008, Savile started legal proceedings against The Sun, which had linked him in several articles to child abuse at the Jersey children's home Haut de la Garenne. At first, he denied visiting Haut de la Garenne, but later admitted he had done so following the publication of a photograph showing him at the home surrounded by children. The States of Jersey Police said that in 2008 an allegation of an indecent assault by Savile at the home in the 1970s had been investigated, but there had been insufficient evidence to proceed.

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Source: ‎The Opperman Report': Thomas Sheridan : Jimmy Saville Part 1

Source: Listen to “Thomas Sheridan : Jimmy Saville Part 1” on Spreaker.

Source: ‎The Opperman Report': Thomas Sheridan : Jimmy Saville Part 2


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