A woman who claims she had regular sex with the late broadcaster Sir Jimmy Savile says he was disappointed she changed out of her school uniform first during one meeting.
Leading child abuse solicitors Abney Garsden McDonald say they are now representing the woman, now aged 62 and from Wythenshawe, Manchester. It comes as news that the former High Court judge Dame Janet Smith will lead the BBC’s internal inquiry into sex abuse claims against Savile.
The woman claims she met Savile at a Manchester disco in 1966 when she was just 15. After telephone numbers were exchanged, he invited her to his flat in Higher Broughton, on the border of Manchester and Salford. She claims that they met often at the flat, always having sex, and on one occasion she recalls that he was disappointed that she had changed out of her school uniform.
The mum-of-two now wants the disgraced celebrity to be stripped of his knighthood. She says: “To hear him still described as Sir Jimmy Savile and still celebrated for his charity work is a slap in the face to those of us he used. I was 15 when we started, but 15 in 1966 was probably like nine today. I had a flat chest and was only starting puberty. By the time I turned 18 and was more like a women, he lost interest and denied even knowing me.”
Solicitor Caroline Chandler, who is representing the claimant, says she is shocked by the sheer scale of the investigation.
Ms Chandler said: “Many people are now coming forward in the North West to make complaints. Jimmy Savile who used to live and work in Manchester was idolised by many young girls. The growing number of claims is alarming and victims who suffered such abuse should report their abuse to the police in an effort to at least tell someone in authority what has been going on even though their alleged abuser is no longer alive.”
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