BBC Faces First Lawsuit for Jimmy Savile Sex Abuse Case


Erik Larson & Jeremy Hodges
Bloomberg
February 14, 2013

The British Broadcasting Corp. was sued by a victim of the late television star Jimmy Savile, who police say sexually abused hundreds of young girls and women for decades, including on the BBC’s property.

The lawsuit, the first since the scandal started, was filed Feb. 5 in London, according to court records. The victim, who wasn’t identified in the filing, also sued Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc’s NatWest unit, which is the executor of Savile’s estate.

“We have 31 cases ready to go and potentially many more to come,” Alan Collins, the lawyer for the victims, said today in a phone interview. The BBC is accused of “vicarious liability” in the case, he said.

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