Transcript reveals Jimmy Savile's denials in his own words

Jimmy Savile Credit: PA

Jimmy Savile's repeated denials of sex abuse allegations have been laid bare in a transcript of a police interview conducted two years before his death.

It is the first time Savile - in his own words - can be seen addressing some of the many claims made by dozens of alleged victims.

Savile says at the start of the interview that he has a "clear conscience" and claims his accusers were trying to blackmail him or sell stories to the press.

At one point he tells officers: "When you're doing Top of the Pops and Radio 1, what you don't do, is assault women, they assault you, that's for sure."

ITV News' UK Editor Lucy Manning reports:

The transcript of the 56-minute interview, conducted in October 2009, was released by Surrey Police today following a Freedom of Information request.

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.

During the interview, an officer put it to Savile that one alleged victim said he had touched her over her clothes sexually," to which the star replied: "Out of the question".

Savile then "asked her to comb his hair then massage him", the officer said.

He answered: "Not true, none of it."

"Then massage his groin area, and give him oral sex," the detective said.

"Oh! Out of the question," replied Savile.

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

Read more: Transcript released under Freedom of Information Act

Savile went on to brag to police, who were conducting the interview at the Stoke Mandeville hospital, that he was in charge there. "I own this hospital, NHS runs it, I own it and that's not bad," he said.

The transcripts also showed that Savile made veiled threats to the police officers, saying that he would take the allegations all the way to the Old Bailey.

Criminologist Mark Williams-Thomas said the transcript shows Savile's "incredibly controlling" character.

ranscript of an interview of Jimmy Savile (referred to as 'JS') by Surrey Police in 2009

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

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 the full transcript here