Actor and television personality Christopher Biggins has claimed that the BBC allowed Jimmy Savile to do whatever he wanted.
The 67-year-old Celebrity Big Brother star, famed for his role as Lukewarm in BBC situation comedy Porridge, claims that BBC bosses viewed Savile as a commodity and consequently turned a blind-eye to widespread rumours of misconduct.
Speaking prior to entering the Celebrity Big Brother House, Biggins said: "We were amazed that Jimmy Savile got away with what he got away with.
"Because there were rumours and things you heard. But no-one seemed to do anything about it.
"You have to remember, he had two huge television series which brought the BBC in a lot of money. So he was a commodity.
"And sadly they all kowtowed to him and allowed him to do what he wanted to do.
"It was all very unfortunate. He was a terrible man and not very nice in lots of ways."
Savile was one of the most prolific child sex offenders of the twentieth century. A joint Metropolitan Police/NSPCC report, Giving Victims a Voice, concluded that the disgraced Top Of The Pops presenter committed no less than 23 sex crimes on BBC premises, predominantly Television Centre in West London.
A predatory paedophile, Savile used the cover of his TV shows to groom and molest children and vulnerable adults involved in their production. His youngest victim was an 8-year-old boy.
On at least one occasion Savile committed sexual assault in full gaze of the camera, right under the noses of his BBC paymasters.
Curious then that Dame Janet Smith, whose investigation was bankrolled to the tune of £7m by the BBC, concluded that senior managers were unaware of Savile's crimes.
Based on the evidence available, we doubt we'd reach the same conclusion.
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