Sir Jimmy Savile died in October aged 84 (Reuters)
Sir Jimmy Savile died in October aged 84 (Reuters)

Five women who accuse the late Sir Jimmy Savile of molesting them when they were in their teens have gone public  over their allegations for the first time.

The women claim Savile that sexually assaulted them when they were as young as 14 at the BBC studios. Their claims have led to accusations the broadcasting company had turned a blind eye to the alleged incidents.

The women spoke out about their ordeals at the hands of the former Jim'll Fix It star on the eve of ITV broadcasting a documentary titled In Exposure: The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile. It is set to be screened on Wednesday 3 October.

One victim told the Sunday Mirror that Savile first molested her in his dressing room at the BBC studios in 1969 when she was 15 and raped her when she was 16.

"The first time something happened he actually got me into an alcove in the dressing room and pushed me back against the wall and then it was a hand up the skirt and touching me.

"He did it on various occasions in various places and it was always very quick, a quick fumble and he was very strong and he would pin you up against somewhere, quick fumble, hand up the skirt and that was it.

"When I was 16 one of these fumbles then turned into sex

"There was no foreplay, no romance, no taking off clothes. I'm sure it's why he always wore a shellsuit so he could just whip his elastic shellsuit bottoms down very quickly."

A second woman claimed the former DJ abused girls behind a curtain in his dressing room. A third claimed she lost her virginity to Savile in a London hotel at the age of 15.

The documentary has led to accusations that the BBC knew or at least suspected Savile was abusing girls as young as 12 but did not act on it because of his huge reputation at the time.

Esther Rantzen: We somehow colluded with Savile

Former That's Life presenter and consumer champion Esther Rantzen said many people in TV "blocked our ears" to the accusations surrounding Savile.

She told the Mail on Sunday after watching the ITV documentary: "I feel that we in television, in his world, in some way colluded with him as a child abuser - because I now believe that's what he was. We all blocked our ears. There was gossip, there were rumours.

"It's very distressing. We made him into the Jimmy Savile who was untouchable, who nobody could criticise. He was a sort of God-like figure.

A BBC spokesman said it had found no record of "misconduct or allegations of misconduct" by Savile during his time at the corporation.

In a statement, the BBC said: "Whilst the BBC condemns any behaviour of the type alleged in the strongest terms, in the absence of evidence of any kind found at the BBC that corroborates the allegations that have been made it is simply not possible for the corporation to take any further action." 

A spokesman at the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust, a charity set up by the late TV presenter, told IB Times UK: "It is well known that Surrey police investigated an allegation of underage sexual abuse against Sir Jimmy during his lifetime and determined no action should be taken against him. 

"We cannot help but wonder why a programme containing these allegations has been made after his death, at a time when he cannot defend the claims nor can any such allegations be fully verified."

The BBC has previously been accused of shelving a TV investigation into allegations that Savile molested teenage girls at its studios.

Newsnight was due to screen a programme in December - two months after the presenter died - which claimed Savile molested a teenage girl in his dressing rooms at a recording of 1970s show Clunk Click.

The BBC said the piece was dropped for editorial reasons as it clashed with programmes which paid tribute to the presenter's long career.

Newsnight editor Peter Rippon said: "It is untrue that our investigation was dropped for anything other than editorial reasons.

"The piece was not broadcast because the story could not be substantiated. To allege that we are withholding evidence from the police is also damaging and false."

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