A former ITV newsreader claims he was “laughed at” when he told colleagues that he saw Jimmy Savile grope a young girl in a TV studio in the 1980s.
Alan Hardwick, now 63, worked for Yorkshire Television when he says Savile had “about half a dozen girls with him. They were probably 12 or 13.”
"They were about to go on set so I decided I would speak to Savile later but before I left he squeezed the bottom of the little girl to his right who he had his arm around."
Mr Hardwick said he raised the issue with a manager, who explained Savile was “just being friendly.”
He told the Lincolnshire Echo: "I mentioned it to other people in the industry and at the BBC and I was laughed at because they all said, 'Don't you know that Savile likes them young?' I felt a bit of a fool.”
Mark Williams-Thomas, a former police detective and presenter of the Exposure documentary that made public the Jimmy Savile abuse claims, told Daybreak that the investigation into Savile is "a watershed moment in child protection."
"I hope the legacy of my film is one that allows people to have the confidence to come forward," he said.
A woman, who claims she was raped by one of Jimmy Savile's colleagues, is adamant that she wants to see arrests and some justice.
She has informed the police of her allegations.
The woman, who wants to be known as "Penny," is a former model who had been invited to the BBC to be on one of Jimmy Savile's shows in the 1970s.
A colleague of Jimmy Savile allegedly raped a woman on BBC premises in 1970, ITV News has been told. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: "He raped me without a shred of a doubt."
The Metropolitan police are now looking at over 400 lines of inquiry. There are "nearly 300" victims. And officers are dealing with 114 crime reports.
But theirs is such a massive workload that they have only spoken to 130 so far.
Commander Peter Spindler says that there are now many people who were previously afraid to say anything and feel they can now speak out.
He said they were dealing with 3 categories: Savile, Savile and Others and Others.
He would give very little detail about the "others". The police have not yet received any allegations relating to doctors.
Officers are using a "triage" approach, first making contact with victims by phone to get initial details of their allegations, Commander Spindler said.
He told reporters that most of the allegations are linked to Savile, but some involve others who may have acted with him.
The inquiry will be a "watershed" moment in the investigation of child abuse, he said.
Commander Peter Spindler at the Metropolitan Police, said that all but two of the Savile victims they have saw far spoken to are women.
He said investigators have so far spoken to 130 people who have come forward, and 114 allegations of crime have emerged.
The police are investigating in excess of 400 lines of inquiry involving 300 victims in the Jimmy Savile case, Scotland Yard said today.