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Savile 'Molested' Teen During Top Of The Pops
A Top of the Pops audience member has told Sky News she was molested on camera by Jimmy Savile and then laughed at by a member of the crew when she tried to complain.
Sylvia Edwards, who was 18 at the time, says she was told to get lost by a man on the studio floor who said: "That's just Jimmy Savile."
Footage from the programme in 1976 shows the teenager clearly shrieking and jumping up from her seat as she struggles to get away from Savile, who says to a camera: "A fella could get used to all this."
Mrs Edwards told Sky News: "All of a sudden I felt this hand go underneath and I jumped up, I went to go back down again, but I couldn't go anywhere, his hand was still there.
"I was trying to push it away, but he wouldn't move it - I just screeched - I started feeling embarrassed because where could you go?
"I was just getting really flustered and he didn't move, and I just remember trying to get out, but there were too many girls around me."
As soon as it was over she said she tried to tell the nearest member of staff what had happened.
She said: "I just found this man that had some sort of headset on, I don't know what he was doing, next to a camera, and I said: 'He's really filthy, he's putting his hand up my skirt and that', and he said: 'Oh no, don't be so stupid'.
"He said, 'That's just Jimmy Savile, go on get out of the way, out of the way, you're blocking a camera shot' or something.
"I had to move because this camera was coming around and I thought fine, ok, what do you say - once they've told you to get lost, I didn't think that maybe I could go to the police, I just felt embarrassed."
She said she was picked out of the crowd to sit next to Savile and quickly found herself hemmed in by other girls.
"All I could think of was to get his hand away, and my hand was pushing it, but he just seemed to go rigid and keep his hand there, and actually if you watch the tape you can see him moving where I'm trying to push it away and he was having none of it, his hand was going to stay there, and that was it.
"I was trapped, I felt as if I was just stuck and everyone was closing in around me because obviously they all wanted to get in the camera shot and I could feel them all around me. We had to just wait until they said we could move."
Mrs Edwards' case raises more questions for the BBC. She is convinced that some within the corporation must have known what was going on.
"I know that they knew about it because I told them years and years ago and they just brushed it under the carpet.
"That is what annoyed me and prompted me to come forward to say they did know. I don't know how anybody could say they didn't know it was going on."
A spokesperson for the BBC said: "The BBC cannot comment on individual cases. It has asked that anyone with allegations of this nature should report them to the BBC's Investigation Unit or the police directly."
what do you think?
Back in the seventies us kids used to skive of school and would wait outside the bbc studios to see if we could get in.ever so often the bbc would be short of a participating audience and would send peaple out onto the street to invite peaple in.top of the pops was one such show.often it was the djs themselves that would let us in.
Your point being shaun??
There isnt a point just making a comment i thought peaple might like to know.
Shaun i wondered if you could get in contact via my brother.i got a letter yesterday from the news editor of orange about censorship on here.
Thats a good idea.yes i got a letter today is well.
Well its no surprise I did say a few weeks ago after the documentry he was juggling wammers with his elbow while jazzin about !!! A proper sex pest
Movvi couldnt have said it better myself
Another reason for the Jimmy enthusiasts to stick their head in the sand..
More evidence that allegations were ignored. All caught on camera too? Let's see people on here call her a liar now. Anyone who heard the interview saville had with his biographer about Garry Glitter and how he defended his actions, will know full well that it's all true
I'll wait to see it myself before I pass judgement
And yet you pass judgement on others diane but wont on the guilty party.
Kerry you may not believe this.but I am intelligent enough to make my own mind and not be a sheep if what this girl said is true even if the person in the studio didn't believe her why didn't she go to police if the incident was filmed
Are you really diane because from what i can tell you seem to just go on what u were like and seem to have a problem with young girls.so your saying im being a sheep???? I go on cold hard facts not hearsay or whats in a paper cos i dnt read them.the guy she ran to didnt say he didnt believe her did he????? He brushed it off like it wasnt anything new to him and she probably didnt go to the police because if this guy didnt wana know then why would the police.and lets face it they wouldnt have done anything just like the 7 other times.watch the clip and tell me she is lying or throwing herself at him
What cold hard facts were you there
The cold hard fact that he was a child abuser.and the video.cold hard fact. Was i there diane??? No bit before my time
But not just an abuser of children.young women to
Diane, once again, with respect, you really need to read a bit about sexual abuse and maybe listen to the stories of some abuse survivors. Thee really are some heart wrenching tales out there and it would give you a wider perspective on this issue
In the gary glitter clip im the girl in the very bright red tshirt
It sounds like very plausible evidence to me. The net is closing. Some on here beggar belief with their lack of compassion...
Were you a victim of abuse by these people tho jane
Movvi couldnt have said it better myself
Kerry my hubby and I have both watched the clip.in the report at top of this page the lady said she was wearing a skirt in the clip it looked like she had trousers on
Guillotine, ooops he already dead
Dig him up and feed him to the crows they should still get a good dinner
Knowing what I know now , when I watch the old clips on tv it was obvious , when we were kids we never noticed !!! I watched a clip the other day where he asked Gary glitter to sit in between to young girls and he done the same and they both made comments but watching it now , it is obvious that these were inappropriate comments and they were using the girls as objects !!!!
I always thought he was a horrible creepy man and it's amazing looking at these clips years later. Just shows how devalued young women were and still are. Things are improving, albeit slowly. Some of the dreadful remarks people make about "groupies" and young girls "asking for it" and "coming back for more" attest to that.
LBC have been running a story about the millions of pounds that British hospitals are receiving from the government for meeting targets to empty beds of old and sick people by using the Liverpool Care Pathway ( removing medication and food and drink ) without their or their families consent, remember that this is likely to happen to you or your family members in the future, the National Socialists in 30s Germany did something similar with their "useless mouths" euthanasia programme. I know, lets get angry at a dead DJ instead.
A dead DJ? Don't you mean a dead prolific child abusing DJ?
I mean that the media overkill on this story is hiding the real news, and if you end up lying in a hospital bed denied food and water without your consent, remember what I told you.
In my opinion, abuse on this scale with this many high powered priviliged people implicated is the real news. Unfortunately I think many (if not all) of the more higher powered priviliged individuals will continue to suppress the truth about their involvement in this hideous story..
Well said tricky
Yes the truth needs to come out tricky.
I opened my local newspaper this morning, page 5, a couple of paragraphs about a man being charged with raping a 12 year old boy, he has been granted bail until his next court appearance, this is how serious the authorities regard child abuse. You won't find the media giving this case blanket coverage I bet. That is why I find the media overkill on a dead DJ smells a bit like bad news burying, whip up the popular hate against someone who can't be punished.
I think it is obvious why the story you read will not get the attention this JS (and many others) story receives..
Obviously a child rapist should be locked up on remand rather than walking free, obviously the media would rather concentrate on a dead man who is beyond punishment because he was a celebrity, obviously this country is barking mad.
John, both stories involve cruelty and abuse of the most vulnerable people in our society, They are both deserving of media attention. It is frustrating when stories that we feel passionate about do not get the attention they deserve. But it's not just about Savile-it's about raising awareness of abuse and helping al the thousands of children who are victims and all the adults who were abused as kids. Read the posts on her - there is so much ignorance and denial
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Savile's fringe though.....
What was he thinking..?
Gosh - people can show such a lack of compassion. Hopefully, all allegations will be dealt with properly and at least closure can be sought. They have just arrested Freddy Starr... This is going to be a huge exposure once the job is done and hopefully not all the perpetrators will be able to escape prosecution through death.
you wonder why. if these allegations were taken to the investigating authorities to be dealt with properly ratherthan appearing here then there would be proper scrutiny rather than sensation
Do you know, David, I posted something similar after reading another related report - no need now for any more salacious stories - they just need investigating and dealt with properly.
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Why was the clip posted to the public domain. We have no need to view that. Should have been kept in the hands of lawyers and investigating police