Toll of paedophile’s victims hits 300
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A TERRIFIED teenage girl was molested on camera by Jimmy Savile during Top Of The Pops — then told to “get lost” by a BBC boss when she complained.
A video clip has preserved the shocking moment when the laughing pervert put his hand up horrified Sylvia Edwards’ skirt — as 20 million viewers watched the live show.
Blonde Sylvia, then 19, can be seen shrieking and struggling to escape while creepy Savile smirks: “I tell you something, a fella could get used to this, as it ’appens, he really could get used to it.”
Speaking for the first time about the ordeal, Sylvia told The Sun: “I felt his fingers go towards my bottom. It was disgusting.”
Afterwards she ran straight to a BBC floor manager and told him what Savile had done. To her horror, he said: “Get lost — it’s just Jimmy messing about.”
The assault at BBC TV Centre in West London on November 25, 1976, left Sylvia with mental scars — and is the first video evidence of Savile’s sex abuse.
She had been excited to be among a group of girls hand-picked to sit next to the DJ as he introduced artists.
Elton John performed his ballad Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word. Then Savile, 50 at the time, began introducing the chart-topping If You Leave Me Now, by Chicago.
As he did so, Sylvia felt Savile’s bejewelled fingers wandering.
The 55-year-old mum of two recalled: “Jimmy Savile appeared in the middle of us and the camera panned around.
“Then I felt his hand go up my skirt. I leapt off my chair in shock. I was so surprised I cried out and didn’t know how to deal with it.
“But he just laughed and carried on mauling me while talking to the camera. I panicked and tried to move away from him but it was so crowded I couldn’t escape. When I tried to sit down his hand was still there and went for my bottom again.
“I felt so embarrassed and ashamed because it was live on TV and all my friends and family were watching.
“The worst thing was that he was so casual when he did it. He was committing a sexual assault live on the BBC and no one gave a damn.”
Sylvia went to seek help but was given short shrift.
She said: “There was a man standing next to a camera with headphones on who seemed to be running the show, so I went up to him and told him Jimmy Savile had just put his hand up my skirt.
“But he was very cross and told me to get lost. He said it was just Jimmy messing about and I was being stupid.
“Then he said he was busy and moved me out of the way because I was blocking a camera shot
“I was a naive girl then — I’d never slept with anyone — and was shocked. I didn’t know where to go or who to speak to after getting rejected like that.
“I tried to shut it out of my mind as best as I could. But looking back, I wish I’d had the courage to take my complaint further.
“The evidence on the video is clear, and if I could have got him convicted, I might have saved other young people from much worse.
“But I have to stop blaming myself because, at the end of the day, he did that to me on live TV and they let him. How could the BBC’s bosses ever say they didn’t know what was going on?”
Sylvia, then a trainee hairdresser, went with a workmate called Lynn to see the broadcast. But she never went again, fearing she could fall into Savile’s clutches once more.
The experience made her fear men and could never bring herself to sleep with a boy she was dating.
She also partly blames her upsetting memories for the break-up of her marriage nine years ago.
But now she plans to join more than 300 victims of the Jim’ll Fix It star who have so far complained to police.
It emerged yesterday that cops blew seven chances to nail Savile before he died last October aged 84. They dropped abuse investigations in London, Surrey and Jersey.
Sylvia, of Twickenham, South West London, added: “What he did to me was minor compared to some. But it affects me to this day.
“I have never felt comfortable about being touched. All these years I’ve never said anything because I thought no one would listen after what the BBC man said.
“You can hear Savile on the video saying, ‘A fella could get used to this’. The tragedy for his victims is, that’s just what he did.”
Weekly chat with nine cops
SAVILE held weekly breakfast meetings with top cops at his Leeds penthouse in the years some alleged victims called police, a source claims.
Up to nine officers attended his “Friday Morning Club” for 20 years until shortly before his death. There is no suggestion they knew of his abuse.