Sir Bruce Forsyth and Sir Paul McCartney Give The Inside Scoop on Jimmy Savile
Innumerable accounts and reports of Jimmy Savile's sexual abuse with underage children, coupled with mismanagement on the part of the media and those around at the time have lead to one of the biggest scandals to hit the U.K.
Personal accounts of Savile are now being regaled almost as frequently as the sexual abuse stories themselves, and the latest high profile celebs to give their thoughts on the late and controversial entertainer are Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Bruce Forsyth.
At the height of their fame, The Beatles often came into contact with Savile, given his proximity to the stars, but he never invited them in after they'd offered him a friendly lift back. "When he'd gone we thought why doesn't he let us in, what is it, because most people would have let us in that we gave a lift to,' McCartney told the Independent, adding: 'We always thought there was something a little bit suspect." The Beatles also knew the limits on the highly charged sexual climate of the times, even if it seems a little obvious to us now. "We knew with under 16s it was illegal, so we didn't do it", he explained, adding, "There was a definite no-no involved in underage kids and that the Beatles had so many adult groupies it was never an issue."
Forsyth, in a separate interview, is far more damning about his experiences with Savile. "I never liked him. I can honestly say that," he explained. "There was something very difficult to like. It wasn't because he was so brash about everything,' he told The Sun. "He had this manner that you thought: 'What is behind this man? Now we know what was behind it all - which is terrible to find out'."
Perhaps the most troubling aspect of all these personal experiences aren't the eerie and harrowing tales, but rather the fact that they're only coming out now that Savile has passed.