FELLOWS: “BBC is rife with Paedophiles… MURRAY: “I found Savile at home with 2 young girls”… RAY: “I don’t want to be Saviles daughter”

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The daily Express

A FORMER child actor revealed how he “ran a gauntlet of paedophiles” at the BBC, claiming the entertainment industry was rife with sex abuse.

Ben Fellows, who appeared in Eastenders, The Bill and Starlight Express before becoming an award-winning
filmmaker, spoke last night about how he was preyed upon by actors, directors and producers.

Mr Fellows’s testimony will pile more pressure on the BBC in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex scandal.

He said: “Once I’d entered the entertainment industry proper I ran a gauntlet of paedophiles – both at the BBC and other television production companies and also in theatres, as well as commercial photo shoots.

“In fact, almost every production I was involved with I was targeted in some way or another.”

Mr Fellows, 38, who trained at the Royal Shakespeare Company, claims that as a teenager he was asked totake his top off and pose for photographs before being propositioned by men and women “all the time”.

On one occasion, he claims, he was chased around a dressing room by a naked actor at the Theatre Royal in
London’s West End. Mr Fellows’s graphic account of life as an aspiring actor is the latest in a series of revelations
to emerge after 60 women alleged Savile had raped or indecently assaulted them – some in the late DJ’s
BBC dressing room.

The BBC’s director-general George Entwistle has promised an independent investigation into practices at the

corporation in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

However, Mr Fellows’s account of life as a child star appears to indicate that predatory behaviour was commonplace
far more recently.

He said: “The truth is there are paedophiles everywhere in the entertainment industry.”

Last night children’s campaigner Esther Rantzen received support from Mark Wood, chairman of trustees for NSPCC and ChildLine, after it was claimed she was told about Jimmy Savile 18 years ago but failed to act.

Yesterday the Daily Express published an exclusive interview with Ms Rantzen in which she said the Savile
sex scandal could undermine her “life’s work” protecting children.

Mr Wood said: “Very few people have done so much for vulnerable children. In my view she is irreplaceable.”

 

DJ Pete Murray says he found Sa-vile home alone with 2 little girls.

JIMMY Savile was luring young girls to his house before he shot to nationwide fame, a fellow BBC DJ revealed yesterday.

Radio 1 and Top Of The Pops veteran Pete Murray confirmed there were rumours in the Corporation from the early Seventies that Savile “liked young girls”.

The BBC came under pressure yesterday to mount an investigation after David Cameron branded the allegations “truly shocking”.

Former BBC press officer Rodney Collins claimed that he was asked in 1972 by the then Radio 1 controller Douglas Muggeridge to find out what the press knew about the rumours over Savile.

But BBC bosses say they have no record of any concerns being raised about their star broadcaster.

It has been claimed that Savile ran a sex ring with a colleague and a BBC employee procured girls for him and other men to molest in their dressing room.
 

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Pete Murray

But amid fears BBC chiefs “turned a blind eye” to suggestions of Savile’s paedophilia, Mr Cameron insisted the allegations should be looked into by the BBC and police.

He said: “The allegations need to be properly investigated. It seems to me it is very important that the BBC does that itself.”

Yesterday Mr Murray, now 87, told how he once arrived at Savile’s home in Leeds in the mid- Sixties to find two girls in Jimmy’s living room.

He said: “The rumours started in the Seventies and through to the Eighties. We all knew he liked young

girls but that was it.

“Nobody knew if he did anything with them and I never asked him about it. There were rumours about a lot of people.”

He added: “The girls I saw him with at his home were about 16. I certainly don’t think they looked younger than that but it’s hard to tell when girls wear make-up.

“I think young girls were very overwhelmed by him.

“He was a tremendous personality.

“He had a great charm. I think they felt safe with him, actually.”

Mr Murray said he was “shocked” by the huge number of allegations that have emerged.

He said: “If all this is true, then something should have been done about it years ago.”

Mr Murray spoke out as I’m A Celebrity star Christopher Biggins described the Savile scandal as the “worst kept secret” in showbiz.

He said: “We have known about it for years. The BBC are the real culprits because they covered it up.

“There were heads of department who should be held to account. I think it will come out who they were.”

More than 40 women and one man have now come forward to claim they were raped or molested by Savile, who died last year aged 84.

BBC director general George Entwistle has urged staff to assist with police investigations but has ruled out any internal inquiry.

● TV and radio presenter Sandi Toksvig, 54, told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show yesterday how she was groped on air 30 years ago by a “famous individual” whom she refused to name.

She said other staff thought it funny.

Her revelation followed former Radio 1 DJ Liz Kershaw describing how a colleague had “routinely” groped her.

 

“I Dont Want To Be Savile’s Daughter

A WOMAN who was determined to prove she is Jimmy Savile’s lovechild ended her legal battle to be confirmed as his daughter yesterday after branding him “a monster”.

As police announced their investigation into the Jim’ll Fix It star, mother-of-three Georgina Ray, 41, pictured below, said she was stopping her action out of respect for his alleged 25 under-age victims.

Speaking from her home in Cannock, Staffs, yesterday, Ms Ray said: “I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt but with each passing day the stories left me feeling physically sick and in tears.

“How could a man I looked up to as my father be so evil?”

She claimed the DJ fathered her in 1970.