Published on 19 Dec 2012 Sections

Savile radio interview with woman he ‘tried to rape’

Debbie Curtis claims Jimmy Savile once tried to rape her. Channel 4 News obtains an audio recording of the two of them from 1986 and talks to her about it.

Debbie Curtis says that Savile sexually assaulted her at a room in the nurses’ quarters at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in the late 1980s.

Ms Curtis was a 22-year-old at the time (pictured right) and claims Savile invited her for a coffee during a visit to spinal patients.

He then allegedly groped her and blocked the door to the room and she was forced to knee him in the groin to escape. Savile had told her “just think of me as good old uncle Jim”.

In the bizarre radio interview above, Savile declares: “Meow, meow, I’m a stray cat, I have no home to go, you don’t look very sorry for me” and then adds “haven’t I seen your face before on a record label…let me put a name to the face, it’s difficult to put a name to the face because of the legs.”

Debbie Curtis pictured in 1968

Savile then plays the song You’re the First, the Last, My Everything by Barry White before asking an audibly nervous Debbie Curtis “Is that a good chat line, Mrs stray cat Debbie?”.

In an interview with Channel 4 News, she said: “There’s a difference between right and wrong, and in his case wrong.

She said she told people about her assault but there was an attitude of brushing it under the carpet.

She said: “There was an attitude of because he was Jimmy Savile, how the hell are you going to confront someone like that? Everyone looked up to him and from a child’s point of view he was what dreams are made of and from an adult’s point of view he was a vary good employee.”

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