Savile's nephew speaks out about allegations

Jimmy Savile's nephew has told the Yorkshire Post that his family's "hearts go out" to the alleged victims of the late TV presenter.

Jimmy Savile pictured at the Army Staff College in Sandhurst in October 1999
Jimmy Savile pictured at the Army Staff College in Sandhurst in October 1999 Credit: Tim Ockenden/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Speaking on behalf of Savile's family, Roger Foster said they were in turmoil over the allegations of sexual abuse made against Savile.

"Where will it all end? Who knows? The repercussions of this scandal are enormous," Mr Foster said.

“We, as his closest family, have to endure further revelations on a daily basis. Our feelings are in turmoil as we await the next turn of events,” he continued.

Mr Foster said of Savile's alleged victims, “We can understand their reluctance to say anything earlier and can appreciate the courage it has taken to speak out now".

“Our hearts go out to them and we offer them our sympathy and understanding in their anguish,” he added.

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