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Savile police release transcripts

Details of Jimmy Savile's alleged sexual abuse have been made public for the first time after transcripts of a police interview were published by Surrey Police.

The disgraced broadcaster was quizzed by officers for almost an hour over accusations against him. The former star remained defiant during the interview - which took place at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital on October 1, 2009 - boasting he had to fight off girls "like midges".

Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, told officers he was "assaulted" by women when he worked for BBC Radio 1 and Top of the Pops, insisting he did not abuse the youngsters at Duncroft Children's home in Staines in Berkshire in the 1970s.

Police asked Savile whether he had forced one girl to touch him and another to give him oral sex.

Savile told police the only reason the allegations were surfacing years later was because his fame made him an easy target and claimed his alleged victims were making the accusations for money. He told police: "My business there's women looking for a few quid, we always get something like this coming up for Christmas, because we want a few quid for Christmas right.

"And normally you can brush them away like midges and it's not much of a price to pay for the lifestyle."

Savile claimed his notoriety meant he had no need to "do anybody any harm".

"When you're doing Top of the Pops and Radio 1, what you don't do, is assault women, they assault you, that's for sure," he said.

"And you don't have to, because you've got plenty of girls about, and all that, so dealing with something like this, is out of the question and totally wrong, full stop."

Savile went on to brag to police, who were conducting the interview at the Stoke Mandeville hospital, that he was in charge there. "I own this hospital, NHS runs it, I own it and that's not bad," he said.

The transcripts, released under the Freedom of Information Act, also showed Savile was prepared to see the allegations go all the way to the Old Bailey.

Savile said he had already had five newspapers settle with him after he threatened to sue them. He even referred to himself as the "Litigiousness", given his willingness to take people to court.

"Now if you're Litigiousness, people get quite nervous actually because for somebody that don't want to go to court, I love it," he said.

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