Transcripts reveal Savile denials

ITV News can reveal the stream of lies Jimmy Savile told police when they confronted him with allegations of sex abuse. Jimmy Savile's repeated denials to police have been revealed in a transcripts released by police

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Savile told police allegations were 'complete fantasy'

Jimmy Savile denied a series of specific allegations of sexual assault in a police interview in 2009, a newly-released transcript has revealed.

In this passage, he claims that three alleged assaults at Duncroft school and Stoke Mandeville hospital are "complete fantasy".

Transcript of an interview of Jimmy Savile (referred to as 'JS') by Surrey Police in 2009
Transcript of an interview of Jimmy Savile (referred to as 'JS') by Surrey Police in 2009
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Watchdog criticised Surrey Police over Savile interview

Surrey Police was among a number of forces criticised for missing opportunities to investigate Savile allegations in a damning report published in March.

Surrey Police Headquarters in Guildford
Surrey Police Headquarters in Guildford Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The report by the policing watchdog HMIC identified 11 failures by Surrey Police; among them the fact that officers allowed Savile to choose where and when his interview in 2009 took place.

It also said the interview was "ineffective" because of the "lack of challenge by the Surrey officers to Savile’s assertions".

Responding to the report, Surrey Police Assistant Chief Constable Jerry Kirkby said that there were "a number of learning points" for the force.

Read: Jimmy Savile's repeated denials to police revealed

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Transcript released under Freedom of Information Act

A transcript of a police interview from 2009, which reveals Jimmy Savile's denials in his own words for the first time, has been released under the Freedom of Information Act.

  • The interview took place at Stoke Mandeville hospital
  • It was conducted by officers from Surrey Police
  • The transcript is dated 1st October 2009 - two years before Savile's death
  • It lasted 56 minutes with a break to change tapes on the recorder
  • The transcript was released in response to a Freedom of Information request received in March
  • It includes a number of redactions to protect the identities of alleged victims and some police officers

Read the full transcript here

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Jimmy Savile flatly denied attraction to young girls

Jimmy Savile flatly denied that he was attracted to young girls, or that he had ever sexually assaulted one, according to a transcript of a police interview in 2009.

Asked whether he was sexually attracted to girls under the age of 16, he replied: "No. Exactly the opposite."

Transcript of an interview of Jimmy Savile (referred to as 'JS') by Surrey Police in 2009
Transcript of an interview of Jimmy Savile (referred to as 'JS') by Surrey Police in 2009
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Jimmy Savile told police he had a 'clear conscience'

In the transcript of Jimmy Savile's interview with Surrey Police, the disgraced performer repeatedly claims that the allegations against him were motivated by a desire to blackmail him, or by the newspapers "looking for a story".

Near the start of the interview, he tells police officers he has a "clear conscience".

Transcript of an interview of Jimmy Savile (referred to as 'JS') by Surrey Police in 2009
Transcript of an interview of Jimmy Savile (referred to as 'JS') by Surrey Police in 2009
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Jimmy Savile's repeated denials to police revealed

ITV News can reveal the stream of lies Jimmy Savile told police when they confronted him with allegations of sex abuse.

A transcript of the conversation - which took place in 2009 two years before the presenter's death - shows how he denied the claims again and again.

It was the last time police officers directly questioned Savile before his death, but a lack of evidence meant he was never charged and died an innocent man.

ITV News' UK Editor Lucy Manning reports:

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