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Family hits out at ITV for claims about Jimmy Savile
SIR Jimmy Savile’s family is "disgusted and disappointed" by ITV’s decision to broadcast claims that he sexually abused schoolgirls.
Exposure: The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile, which airs on Wednesday, details claims from women dating to the 1970s, including allegations he abused girls in his Rolls-Royce.
Sir Jimmy, who died last year, was well known in Bucks after spending much of his life raising millions of pounds for Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
Nephew Roger Foster, from East Yorkshire, said he is not only concerned for Sir Jimmy's legacy, but also for the damage the allegations could do to his charities.
He added: "I just get so disgusted and disappointed by it. The guy hasn't been dead for a year yet and they're bringing these stories out....
"I just don't understand the motives behind this. I just think it's very, very sad you can say these things after someone's died and the law says you can't defend yourself when you're dead."
An ITV spokesman said: "This documentary is the result of an in-depth investigation into long-standing allegations of serious and widespread sexual misconduct by Sir Jimmy Savile.
“Because of the very serious nature of the claims made by several interviewees in relation to this, particular care and consideration was of course given to the decision to produce and broadcast this programme.
"The programme takes full account of the fact that Sir Jimmy is not here to defend himself against these claims."
Sir Jimmy was famous for TV shows like Jim'll Fix It and Top Of The Pops as well as being a DJ on BBC Radio 1.
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