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Jimmy Savile victims to sue BBC
Feb. 13, 2013, 6:35 AM EST
More than 30 victims of disgraced British TV legend Sir Jimmy Savile are to
launch legal action against the BBC and the late presenter's estate.
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Savile was unmasked as a serial pedophile following his death at the age of
84 in 2011, and it has since emerged he sexually abused 450 victims, including
30 children, many of them during his time working at the BBC. A lawsuit was
launched earlier this month against the BBC and the executors of Savile's
estate, and a lawyer representing the victims has revealed 31 of them plan to
join the legal action.
"We have 31 cases ready to go and potentially many more to come," solicitor
Alan Collins told Bloomberg.
Savile was a household favorite in his native U.K. during his 50-year career,
during which he presented hit TV and radio programs and raised millions for
charity, but his legacy has been tarnished by the sex abuse