Sir Jimmy Savile: paedophile Gary Glitter 'did nothing wrong'
ITV documentary will air recording of Jim'll Fix It star defending singer who downloaded child porn
A DOCUMENTARY accusing Sir Jimmy Savile of sexually abusing young girls has also recorded the presenter defending paedophile Gary Glitter.
Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile features several women who claim they were molested - and in one case raped - by the Jim'll Fix It presenter. One woman claims to have been raped at the age of 14 by the star in his dressing room at BBC Television Centre in 1974. Others have said he rewarded them with cigarettes and tickets to his shows if they performed sex acts on him in his car.
The hour-long ITV documentary, which will air on Wednesday, also includes a recording of Sir Jimmy saying Gary Glitter "did nothing wrong" when he downloaded thousands of child pornography images.
Glitter was jailed for four months in 1999 for downloading 4,000 images of children and then deported from Vietnam for assaulting two girls aged 10 and 11 in 2008.
But in comments recorded in 2009, Savile says the convicted paedophile just watched a few "dodgy films" and was only vilified because he was a celebrity, reports The Daily Telegraph.
"Gary has not sold 'em, has not tried to sell 'em, not tried to show them in public or anything like that. It were for his own gratification," says Sir Jimmy.
"Whether it was right or wrong is, of course, it's up to him as a person. But they didn't do anything wrong but they are then demonised."
Meanwhile, the BBC has been accused again of covering up the sex abuse allegations by pulling a documentary investigation into Sir Jimmy. But Peter Rippon, editor of Newsnight, has said it is "absolutely untrue" that the investigation was dropped for "anything other than editorial reasons", claiming instead that the story they were pursuing could not be substantiated.
Esther Rantzen, the founder of ChildLine and a former presenter, said she now feels a degree of guilt for ignoring "gossip" that surrounded Sir Jimmy in the 1970s and 1980s. She told ITV that she felt the television world had "in some way colluded with him as a child abuser".
Sir Jimmy's family have said they are "disgusted and disappointed" at the allegations. ·