THE Jimmy Savile scandal triggered “appalling” sexual allegations against 81 BBC staff, half of whom still work for the broadcaster, it emerged last night.
reposted from a story By: Giles Sheldrick Published: Fri, May 31, 2013
Rolf-Harris-is-among-the-arrested-stars-as-part-of-Operation-Yewtree Rolf Harris is among the arrested stars as part of Operation Yewtree
Shocking new figures show 40 of the people whose names have surfaced are either staff or contributors. The rest are dead or no longer work for the corporation.
Data released by the BBC after a Freedom of Information request shows just 10 of the cases involving present staff or contributors are still being investigated either by the police or the corporation.
Of the 81-strong list, 54 involved physical allegations with 23 of the names still involved with the BBC. The remainder were verbal and “non-physical” incidents.
Since the Savile affair broke last October, 152 sexual allegations have been made altogether – more than one allegation per individual.
The BBC also said that a total of 36 allegations, made against 20 people, involved victims under the age of 18.
Jim’ll Fix It presenter Savile’s decades-long campaign of sexual assaults remained hidden from BBC bosses even though some took place on corporation premises.
The extent of his activities sent the BBC into crisis and its subsequent handling of the scandal led to director-general George Entwistle resigning after just 54 days in the job.
BBC, Sex, Scandal, Lord Patton, Jimmy SavileThe BBC also said that a total of 36 allegations involved victims under the age of 18
We have launched a series of reviews that aim to understand if there are any issues with the current culture of the BBC or the historic culture and practices to see what lessons can be learned to prevent this happening again.
A BBC spokesman
It also sparked a police operation into allegations of historic sexual abuse that led to a number of high-profile celebrities being arrested.
Operation Yewtree detectives have so far arrested 12 men, including Rolf Harris, Dave Lee Travis and comedians Freddie Starr and Jim Davidson. All deny any wrongdoing.
This week PR guru Max Clifford, 70, appeared in court to face charges of 11 indecent assaults on seven different girls between 1966 and 1985. He pleaded not guilty and described the claims as “a load of nonsense”.
TV and radio presenter Stuart Hall, 83, admitted indecent assaults on girls as young as nine and will be sentenced next month.
Of the 40 current BBC staff and contributors in the new figures, 25 were reported to police. But the allegations against 15 of them were not deemed to be criminal.
A BBC spokesman said the corporation had been “appalled” by the allegations. “We have launched a series of reviews that aim to understand if there are any issues with the current culture of the BBC or the historic culture and practices to see what lessons can be learned to prevent this happening again.”
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