Jimmy Savile abuse report finds culture of 'reverence and fear' towards celebrities at BBC 'still exists today'

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The latest on Dame Janet Smith's review into the BBC's 'serious failings' in Jimmy Savile case:


Dame Janet Smith's review found there was a culture of "reverence and fear" towards celebrities at the BBC, which "still exists today".

The report says girls who dared to complain about being sexually assaulted were regarded as "a nuisance". It concludes their claims were not properly dealt with.

It also found Jimmy Savile carried out sex attacks in "virtually every one of the BBC premises in which he worked" and would "would gratify himself sexually on BBC premises whenever the opportunities arose". 

The long-awaited report cites 72 Savile victims, 57 female and 15 male.

Of those, 34 were aged under 16.

It recorded six rapes of females and two of males, and 47 incidents of sexual assault.

Lord Hall, director general of the BBC, apologised to the victims of Savile and Stuart Hall.

He said: "The BBC failed you when it should have protected you. I'm deeply sorry for the hurt caused to each and every one of you."