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Jimmy Savile victims to sue BBC

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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 scandal.

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Feb 13, 2013 12:20PM
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There is a difference between speaking up and nobody hearing, and not speaking up at all. They may have spoken, but would people have believed them any more than they do now if he were still alive?
Feb 13, 2013 10:43AM
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Why did no one come forward before he died? Agree with burns2627.
Feb 13, 2013 10:19AM
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not saying he is not guilty but, the best way to beat a man is wait until he can't defend himself
Feb 13, 2013 10:00AM
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If the BBC was unaware of the sexual molestation I see no way that the broadcaster can be held liable for damages. Of course, if the broadcaster was aware of the crimes then that's a different ball game altogether.
Feb 13, 2013 9:25AM
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How do you have 450 victims and no one knows any thing?  Sue EVERYBODY!  Someone knew.
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