Alleged sex abuse victims sue Jimmy Savile's estate and BBC

A law firm has issued a writ at the High Court on behalf of 31 people alleged to have been subjected to sexual abuse by the late DJ and TV presenter

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Alleged sex abuse victims sue Jimmy Savile's estate and BBC
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Tom Cole

A number of victims of alleged sexual abuse by the late Jimmy Savile have lodged civil claims for compensation against the disgraced DJ’s estate, and his former employer the BBC.

Solicitor Alan Collins confirmed on Wednesday that the law firm Pannone has issued a writ at the High Court on behalf of 31 alleged victims.

All claimants are seeking compensation from Savile’s estate and eight of their number are also suing the BBC.

The claims are the first to be lodged with the High Court since news of the scandal broke last October, and it is expected that more victims will seek compensation in the future.

Collins, who is handling the claims, said that the number of people getting in touch with Pannone about Savile is growing “on a daily basis.”

He added: "The purpose of issuing the writ is to protect our clients' position and to seek management directions from the court to ensure the claims are administered as efficiently as possible.

"At this stage we are unable to expand in detail on the nature of the cases or the allegations that have been made, which range in seriousness from inappropriate behaviour to serious sexual abuse."

Last November, law firm Russell Jones & Walker sent formal letters on behalf a further 36 victims to the BBC, Leeds General Infirmary and both Stoke Mandeville and Broadmoor hospitals.

The firm also sent a letter to NatWest, the executor to Savile’s £4m estate, which has since frozen the late DJ's account.

Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, became a household name in the 1960s and ‘70s as a Radio 1 DJ and the presenter of BBC TV shows like Jim’ll Fix It.

In October 2012, ITV broadcast a documentary which featured allegations that Savile had sexually abused underage girls, and in January a joint report by Scotland Yard and the NSPCC said they had recorded 214 offences committed by the late DJ. 

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