October 27th, 2012
09:23 AM ET

Relatives of disgraced Savile voice their anguish

The family of disgraced UK TV presenter Jimmy Savile made its first public statement Saturday since a slew of claims of sexual abuse of under-age girls destroyed the reputation of a man they had regarded as a hero.

Savile's nephew, Roger Foster, had defended his late uncle - who hosted shows watched and heard by a generation of young Britons - in a newspaper interview before the allegations emerged in a TV documentary a month ago.

But as those few claims snowballed into hundreds, the family had to face up to the horrific truth: that the man they were so proud of as a media star and indefatigable charity fundraiser had a far darker side to his past.

A statement released Saturday by Foster spells out the family's anguish - and their deep sympathy for as many as 300 victims preyed on by Savile.

The documentary made them aware of "allegations of a darker side to him that we knew nothing about," Foster says - and the claims swiftly began to overwhelm the family.

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  1. RUFFNUTT ( D.M.I. ALLIANCE LOGISTICS OFFICER AND ROYALS FAN!!)

    just human nature to be evil... to bad for the victims.. i would never leave my kids alone with someone like this..

    October 27, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. BOMBO ©

    Well apparently he died last year, so there won't be a trial. Unless they dig him up. Then they can put his corpse on trial.

    October 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Portland tony

    I'm just guessing, but I bet the old reprobate died with a smile or ar least a smirk on his face!

    October 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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