15 Oct 2013

Savile police transcript: ‘I’ve got a clear conscience’

A transcript of the last police interview with Jimmy Savile, from 2009, is published for the first time, revealing his repeated denials when confronted with allegations of abuse.

Surrey Police have released a transcript of the last interview with the BBC presenter, when he was questioned about allegations of sex abuse.

They show Jimmy Savile in his own words: dismissing everything put to him by police and turning the blame back on his victims.

“When you’re doing Top of the Pops and Radio 1, what you don’t do is assault women – they assault you, that’s for sure,” the transcript reads.

Normally you can brush them away like midges Jimmy Savile

Since he died in 2011, hundreds of people have come forward alleging abuse, including vulnerable young people at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Broadmoor Hospital.

‘Clear conscience’

Savile told police: “If you’ve got a clear conscience, like I have, then everything’s OK.”

He added: “That doesn’t mean that in my business, you don’t get accused of just about everything.”

The transcripts show his repeated denials, together with his own allegations that the victims themselves were to blame for lying. He said that they were motivated by money.

“There’s women looking for a few quid. We always get something like this coming up for Christmas, because we want a few quid,” he said.

“Normally you can brush them away like midges and it’s not much of a price to pay for the lifestyle.”