Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Unearthed: Jimmy Savile tells journalist 'children should be eaten at birth'

Disgraced presenter denied under-age sex claims in UTV interview

DJ Jimmy Savile talks to Gerry Kelly during an interview when he denied having sex with under-age girls
Sir Jimmy Savile will be buried in the North Yorkshire seaside resort of Scarborough
Jimmy Savile - pictured here presenting Top of the Pops in 1976 - has died (BBC/PA)

Alleged sexual predator Jimmy Savile denied abusing under-age girls in an Ulster Television interview six years ago.

In a programme broadcast on UTV in 2006, the former BBC star also boasted about how the Press would never find any dirt on him.

He said: "There isn't any. I'm very boring. Any tabloid journalist will tell you two things - one, I'm very boring, two, I don't do drugs, I don't do under-age sex or any of them things that you read in the papers today.

"But they still like coming round to talk to me. Cos they know I will give them an angle they have never had before."

Savile, who died last year at the age of 84, has been described as one of the most prolific sex offenders in recent UK history.

Scotland Yard detectives are currently dealing with about 300 alleged victims and are following more than 400 lines of inquiry.

So far, investigators have spoken to 130 people who have come forward and 114 allegations of crime have emerged.

Commander Peter Spindler has described Operation Yewtree as a watershed sex abuse investigation.

The UTV interview was filmed at one of Savile's properties in Leeds during the autumn of 2006. It was aired in October that year as part of the Gerry Meets... series hosted by Gerry Kelly.

In it, Savile spoke about his lack of interest in how he was perceived and revealed he had little interest in the world beyond his own.

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.

"I will read a paper, if they are free on a train, so I know what's happening. Like everybody else all I need to do is spend two minutes on any one subject to be an expert on that particular subject, so it doesn't bother me and all these odd things you are talking about.

"Definitely what you see is what you get. And no matter what anyone thinks of you is entirely up to them. And if they think highly of you so be it, that's all right. If they don't think kindly of you that all right as well."

The former Jim'll Fix It and Top of the Pops presenter was a household name during the 1970s and '80s and was lauded for his charity fundraising.

However, responding to a question about whether he would have liked children of his own, the unmarried Savile made some disturbing remarks.

He said: "I think all children should be eaten at birth. That's for sure. No, I'm not a child person. I was one once."

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