UTV airs revealing Savile interview

Published Thursday, 25 October 2012
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As Scotland Yard deals with nearly 300 allegations of sex abuse carried out by Jimmy Savile, UTV has uncovered archive footage of a rare interview with the late presenter - in which he talked candidly about rumours that were rife.

UTV airs revealing Savile interview
Investigations into allegations against Jimmy Savile are continuing. (© Getty)

Just six years ago, when Savile was about to turn 80, he agreed to appear on the Gerry Kelly Meets ... show and the interview was filmed at one of his luxurious homes in Leeds.

Rumours about the eccentric, tracksuit-wearing, cigar-smoking personality had long been tabloid fodder and Gerry Kelly did question Savile during the course of the interview about children.

"I think all children should be eaten at birth," Savile declared, when asked if he would have liked to have had any of his own.

I'm not a child person ... I don't do under-age sex.

Jimmy Savile

Surprised at his response, Gerry commented: "And yet for years, you did Jim'll Fix It and you loved those children ..."

Savile quickly cut him off.

"I never loved them at all. I respected them and they respected me," he said.

"They knew that I wasn't some yucky adult that'd say: 'My my, don't you look smart today?' I don't talk like that to kids ...

"They respected me enormously, I respected them enormously - but I wasn't yucky to them or anything like that."

Gerry later asked Savile specifically about the rumours printed by tabloid newspapers, only for Savile to deny - without prompting - that he was a paeodophile.

"Any tabloid journalist will tell you two things. One: I'm very boring. Two: I don't do drugs, I don't do underage sex or any of them things that you read in the papers today," Savile said.

"But they still like coming round to talk to me, 'cause they know that I'll give them an angle they've maybe never had before ..."

He added: "I don't have an Internet, I don't have a computer, I don't know what an email is. I don't know anything about that world ...

"All these odd things that you're talking about (the rumours) ... Hey, all you can expect from a pig is a grunt. That's it. Doesn't bother me in the slightest."

The coming weeks hopefully will be a stark warning to any men out there today who think they can exploit their positions of power and influence and abuse children.

Commander Peter Spindler, Scotland Yard

Speaking about that interview, Gerry Kelly said he found Savile to be "very odd" - but had to take him at his word.

"I thought he was being truthful, I have to say," Gerry said.

"It would be clever of me to say: 'Yeah, there was something there.' But honestly, we walked away not liking the man. Nobody liked him - no one in the crew liked him.

"But that's all. We didn't go away thinking he lied through his teeth from start to finish.

"We took him at his word, as everybody did at the time. We had no reason, other than what was written on the Internet, to disbelieve him.

"I was sitting as close to him as I am to you, face-to-face, and he was saying he didn't do these things. I could hardly call him a liar, could I?"

The full extent of the scandal surrounding Savile began to emerge following an ITV Exposure documentary three weeks ago.

A shelved BBC Newsnight investigation into the sex abuse claims - some of which are alleged to have taken place on BBC premises - has since also been investigated by BBC Panorama.

Scotland Yard Commander Peter Spindler has now said Savile was "undoubtedly" one of the most prolific sex offenders he had come across.

"Within London, we have trebled the number of historic abuse allegations," he said.

"I have no doubt that we're in a watershed moment for child abuse investigation, and Operation Yewtree will be a landmark investigation."

Savile died last year at the age of 84, but criminal proceedings could yet be brought against others who are still alive and have been named in allegations.

Scotland Yard officers are said to be "preparing an arrest strategy", but no one has yet been arrested or interviewed under caution.

© UTV News
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Iseult in NI wrote (785 days ago):
Reading the various claims made against Jimmy Savile, it looks like there are two distinct categories - one of paedophilia and another of sexual molestation of adult women. The trouble is that many of the molestation claims are being made by women who met JS in the course of their work, and the claims are often of the type of activity that could be seen - and presumably was at that time - as simply a crude sexual 'pass', rather than overt sexual 'abuse'. The women concerned considered JS something of a 'dirty old man', a term too vague to be of much use now in trying to unravel the many strands of allegations that go to make up the whole puzzle of how JS was able to keep most of this hidden from the public during his lifetime. Perhaps the different culture of the time was partly responsible, or the worry of making allegations that might not be believed, JS's enormous popularity or his ability to raise enormous sums of money for charity ... who knows? It's to be hoped the police investigate everything thoroughly, including of course allegations against anyone still alive who may have been involved, and particularly any possible pedophiliac activity, so that others with such tendencies know they won't be able to get away with such behaviour in future. PS - JS's religion is immaterial IMO. There are good and bad in all religions.
Ryan in Belfast wrote (785 days ago):
Fair play to Gerry Kelly being honest because he couldve jumped on the band wagon and said all sorts of nonsense like "i always suspected he was a child abuser" etc etc. And i also find it odd why people are involving catholics in this matter? Whats Catholicism got to do with the matter, i dont know if sevile was a catholic or not but it was not his religion that made him do any of the disgusting things hes accused of. Has there not been protestant pedophiles? Has there not been hindu pedophiles? what, now we should label every protestant and hindu a pedophile? Of course not, thats just stupid. So stop with involving catholicism in this matter, which, lets face it, the people who are involving catholicism is doing it mainly due to sectarian motives, in my opinion.
mark in Belfast wrote (786 days ago):
vee in Belfast, why should the media simply leave the Catholic church alone? Just because a member of their own had been caught doesn't mean they should let people forget about the vile atrocities committed by the church. If anything they should be put under more scrutiny, the more of this that is ousted the better.
stefan in belfast wrote (787 days ago):
Vee' why should anyone leave the Catholic Church alone' they have carried out as much abuse as saville' and still carrying on doing so.The proof is everywere that the "churchs" covered up more abuse than saville done in a life time!
Chris in Bangor wrote (787 days ago):
@G have you been hiding under a rock?! They didn't wait until he was dead, multiple police forces had complaints about him dating back to the 70s!
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