UK court approves Savile compensation plan

26th February 2014, Comments 0 comments

Britain's High Court on Wednesday approved a compensation plan for the victims of former BBC broadcaster Jimmy Savile, who was revealed to be one of the country's most prolific sex offenders following his 2011 death.

Judge Philip Sales accepted a deal reached between the executor of Savile's estate and lawyers representing alleged victims.

The victims' legal team explained that the scheme would not guarantee payouts but would establish a framework for claims.

"This is a great result for the victims of Jimmy Savile," said lawyer Liz Dux.

"The ratification of the scheme should allow the quickest possible closure to this horrific affair for those who were abused.

"Today there is a definite light at the end of this very dark tunnel and that is reason for the victims to take heart."

Around 140 people have made claims against the late DJ, who died in 2011 aged 84.

A police investigation concluded last year that Savile was a predatory sex offender who abused children as young as eight over more than 50 years, often in institutions such as schools and hospitals.

He was one of the biggest TV stars in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s, and used his fame as a presenter of the BBC chart show "Top of the Pops" and children's programme "Jim'll Fix It" to rape and assault his victims.

The Savile revelations sparked a crisis at the BBC over how he was able to carry out such attacks and about the corporation's failure to report the claims against him when they were first raised in the weeks after his death.

© 2014 AFP

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