Jimmy Savile told police 'I brush women away like midges'
Police interview transcripts reveal how paedophile presenter dodged accusations of sexual assault
DISGRACED presenter Jimmy Savile claimed that girls accusing him of sexual assault were just looking for a "few quid" and told police he brushed "women away like midges".
His words were revealed after the transcript of a police interview in October 2009 was released by Surrey Police, thanks to a Freedom of Information request.
During the interview, carried out at Stoke Mandeville hospital, Savile expresses shock at accusations that he sexually assaulted youngsters at Duncroft Children’s home in Berkshire in the 1970s.
He dismisses allegations that he sexually touched a young girl through her clothes, put his tongue in a girl's mouth and asked another girl to give him oral sex, telling detectives he had not done anything wrong in all of his 83 years.
Savile, who has since been exposed as a prolific paedophile, told officers he had "no need to chase girls – I’ve thousands of them on Top of the Pops, thousands on Radio One".
He claimed his accusers were after money. "[In] my business, there's women looking for a few quid. We always get something like this coming up for Christmas, because we want a few quid for Christmas right," he told police. "And normally you can brush them away like midges and it's not much of a price to pay for the lifestyle."
Liz Dux, a lawyer representing 72 of Savile's alleged victims, told The Guardian that he showed "complete disdain and contempt for those that he was purporting to help".
Savile also describes in detail his "policy" in dealing with such accusations: taking people to court. He said five newspapers had already settled with him after he threatened to sue them and refers to himself as the "litigiousness".
The transcript has serious implications for the police, says the Daily Mail. At one point, Savile suggests he had a close relationship with police in Yorkshire, including an inspector who would come to his home to drink tea. The interview also shows the officers treated Savile with "kid gloves", says the newspaper, and poses the question whether "a more determined approach could have led to his prosecution". ·