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Sir Jimmy Savile rubbishes sex abuse claims - archive audio unearthed

An Irish radio interview has emerged in which Jimmy Savile denies accusations of child sex abuse with a pithy "Never heard of it in my life."

Irish journalist Orla Barry, working for Newstalk asked the veteran BBC presenter if there was any truth in "claims of abuse with you and young children".

Savile responds "Never heard of it in my life.

"What's the point of responding to something if it's not true. You don't do it," he continues.

"If anybody says things like that there's no problem because all you can expect from a pig is a grunt."

The claims had been orignally aired in a Louis Theroux documentary in April 2000.

Savile tells Louis Theroux why he says "I don't like children"

Theroux, who featured him in one of his When Louis Met ... BBC programmes, said: "So the rumours seem to have been in some degree validated.

" haven't seen ITV's expose on Jimmy Savile yet, but from what I understand there are a number of credible accounts from underaged teenage girls of Jimmy abusing his position of trust and celebrity to procure sexual favours.

"What is especially disturbing is the nature of the alleged abuse - the fact that it apparently took place repeatedly, in the workplace and at a school he was visiting, and that it may have been known to his bosses and co-workers.

"My thoughts are with the victims. I hope they find peace."

The Newstalk audio tape has emerged as two hospitals described their shock at fresh allegations against Savile which suggested he preyed on children during visits to wards as part of his catalogue of abuse.

Claims have emerged that Savile groped young patients at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, where he worked as a volunteer fundraiser, while one woman has claimed she saw him molest a brain-damaged hospital patient at Leeds General Hospital.

Nurses at Stoke Mandeville are understood to have dreaded Savile's visits because of his behaviour, and would tell children to stay in bed and pretend to be asleep when he came round.

orth Yorkshire Police said today it has also received an historic allegation of sexual abuse against Savile.

The alleged victim, who was a young girl at the time, claimed she was targeted in Scarborough in the late 1980s.

The complaint has now been referred to Scotland Yard.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller said the BBC had "serious allegations" to answer about the way women had been treated in the workplace.

"I think Lord Patten's right to say if, at the end of that criminal investigation, there is a need to do more, then the BBC should be asking those questions," she told BBC2's Newsnight.

"There are some serious allegations, not only about the behaviour of Jimmy Savile, but also some of the institutional problems around the way that women have been treated in the workplace, and I think they are serious issues for any organisation."

Ms Miller said her "heart goes out to all of those that have been affected" by Savile's alleged behaviour and said it was important there was a "thorough and swift investigation".

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