Prior to a new documentary which airs on Wednesday 15th June, the BBC has reported allegations of abuse against the late broadcaster and MP Sir Clement Freud between the late 1940s and 1970s.
One of the alleged victims, Sylvia Woosley, who first met Freud when she was 10 told the ITV Exposure programme that he abused her for years. A second anonymous woman, claimed he abused her as a child and raped her when she was 18.
Sir Freud’s widow, Jill Freud said she was “deeply saddened and profoundly sorry for what has happened to these women”.
Commenting on the breaking news story, Child abuse lawyer, Peter Garsden said: “Clement Freud is, like Rolf Harris, an unlikely sex offender, but once again, we have revealed after many years of suffering, the abuse of another woman, who has had the courage to come forward and disclose what happened to her.
The quote from the wife of the deceased Freud “I am shocked, deeply saddened and profoundly sorry for what has happened to these women. I sincerely hope they will now have some peace.” is very heartening in comparison to the reaction of the Janner family to allegations against their deceased father which has been a complete denial together with verbal attacks upon the survivors”
Undeniably, the media exposure of this story will put extra pressure upon the victim, who is to be commended for her courage in making this disclosure.
Bearing in mind the connection with the Houses of Parliament, is this an allegation which should be included within the ambit of the Operation Midland Metropolitan investigation.”
The programme is being broadcast in the Exposure Strand, the ITV documentary series that first exposed the seriousness of the crimes of Jimmy Savile. Exposure: Abused & Betrayed – A Life Sentence airs on ITV at 11:05pm on Wednesday 15th June.
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