I was groped by Jimmy Savile live on TV

When teenage Sylvia Edwards stood next to Jimmy Savile on Top of the Pops, she was suddenly paralyzed with horror and embarrassment.

On live television, the shameless predator openly groped as she stood in a crowd – an attack that haunts the 64-year-old to this day and even led to the collapse of her marriage.

Sylvia Edwards was 18 when she was groped by evil sex offender Jimmy Savile on live TV


Sylvia Edwards was 18 when she was groped by evil sex offender Jimmy Savile on live TV
Sylvia is still haunted by Savile's attack on her and to this day cannot bear to be touched


Sylvia is still haunted by Savile’s attack on her and to this day cannot bear to be touchedPhoto credit: Rex

Speaking to The Sun, Sylvia, who was 18 when she appeared on the show in November 1976, says: “It still affects me. I can’t stand anyone touching me or being close behind me.

“I’m 64 now and I still don’t like it. It makes me feel uncomfortable. I still think about what he did to me and it will never go away.

“Even when I was married, I couldn’t stand my husband touching me and he didn’t understand why I was like that. It was one of many things that ended our marriage.

“I couldn’t explain it and it’s one of the reasons I’m happier being alone, I don’t have to explain myself to anyone.

“These perpetrators don’t care what they do. I want those affected to know they can speak their mind.”

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Predator’s shameless crimes on live TV

Sylvia is one of several abuse victims speaking out in Channel 5’s new documentary National Treasure, National Disgrace, which explores how depraved celebrities are among them Stuart Hall, Rolf Harris and Gary glitter got away with decades of abuse.

After Savile’s death in 2011, sickening allegations of sexual assault surfaced and over 300 victims came forward to testify against him.

In addition to his access to children through his work on Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix It, a June 2014 report found that Savile’s fundraising activities at 28 NHS hospitalsincluding Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor, led him to sexually abuse staff and patients between the ages of five and 75 for several decades.

Savile has been hired as a presenter on Top of the Pops since its inception in 1964 to attract younger audiences to the BBC.

Sylvia’s attackas Savile slipped his hand under her skirt was caught on camera and footage shows her looking extremely embarrassed and struggling as she tried to break free from his unrelenting grip.

In a sick side note, he delights: “A guy could get used to all of this.”

Sylvia says she immediately reported the attack to a member of the show’s crew, who told her to “get out,” saying, “That’s just Jimmy Savile.”

She also told her father about the humiliating ordeal, but he was convinced there was nothing she could do – and that Savile would get away with it because of his celebrity status.

When she found the courage to speak out again in 2012, trolls suggested she enjoyed Savile’s dirty attentions because she was laughing in the clip — a reaction of shock and embarrassment.

Dame Janet Smith’s report, published in 2014, found that Savile had committed 72 sexual assaults and eight rapes – including an eight-year-old girl – on “virtually every BBC premises where he worked”.

It also noted that the BBC had a “no-complaint culture” and an “atmosphere of fear” that prevented staff from speaking out.

Sylvia says even when she found the courage to come forward, she “still felt like the lawyers didn’t believe me.”

“During the investigation, I was asked by one if I found Savile attractive,” she added. “I don’t and the fact that they thought that should be asked still sickens me.”

Eerie visits to the hospital made the victim sick

Sylvia is just one of hundreds of victims of the predatory pedophile who used his prominent position to get away with indecent assaults on children as young as five.

Another is Pauline, who was partially paralyzed from the waist down when she was chosen to meet TV legend Savile at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on one of his many visits.

Tearfully in the new documentary, Pauline – who declined to give her full name – said: “He bent down to my eye level and patted my wheelchair.

“Then his hand was up my skirt and I froze because the feeling was back in my legs by that point.

“This man looked me in the eye and smiled and said, ‘You’re going to be fine, darling.’

“This man acted like nothing happened. I came there to get well, not to get hurt, to get attacked.

“But I was too scared to say anything. I know it wasn’t my fault, but I blamed myself for two decades. How could he get away with that? It was really annoying.”

Savile is believed to have abused at least 60 children, including seriously ill children as young as eight, during his visits to the Buckinghamshire hospital.

Pauline remained silent for 26 years until allegations against the former DJ surfaced after his death in 2011.

He was never held accountable for his crimes as he died before the allegations came to light.

Attacked by TV darling as a teenager

Harris abused school children on the set of television shows and in front of employees


Harris abused school children on the set of television shows and in front of employeesPhoto credit: AFP-Getty

The new documentary also hears from victims from Stuart Hall, Rolf Harris and Gary Glitter and reveals how they got away with decades of depraved abuse.

harris has often scouted the women on the set for his TV shows in both Australia and England and seemed unafraid of the consequences.

Karen Gardener claims she was groped by Harris when she was a schoolgirl while carrying his bag while filming for the celebrity TV show Star Games in 1977.

She said: “Everything in my veins turned to concrete. I saw it in his eyes, it was a triumph and I absolutely knew he did it on purpose and he enjoyed doing it to me in front of all these people. And then he did it again.

“I thought, ‘I really don’t want to be here right now.’ I did not know, what I should do.

“Within about 30 minutes something else happened. The third time he even said to me, ‘You are irresistible’. Even now it makes me sick.”

Harris was sentenced to five years and nine months in prison in 2014 in 12 counts of indecent assaults on four female victims in the 1970s and 1980s.

Hall ‘sacrifice’ pronounces

Stuart Hall initially denied all the allegations before pleading guilty to 14


Stuart Hall initially denied all the allegations before pleading guilty to 14

TV presenter Hall had no problem using his star power to attempt to sexually assault women.

Vanessa Walker, who claims to be one of his previously unknown victims, decided to comment on the documentary as she suffers from a terminal illness.

“I was attacked by Stuart Hall when I was 26. I want to do this interview because I am terminally ill and will never have a voice again,” she said.

She met Hall in the former Republic of Yugoslavia, where she had traveled to see filming of the international version of It’s A Knock-Out.

She ended up staying at the same hotel as the cast and crew. While relaxing on a sun lounger outside, she claims he stopped by and introduced himself before attempting to attack her.

Vanessa said: “Then he started insisting that he put some tanning lotion on my back and I absolutely refused and said ‘no’. That’s when he sexually assaulted me significantly.

“I jumped off the end of the tanning bed. I was extremely angry. He then became very remorseful and very apologetic.”

However, she claims the ordeal didn’t end there as he followed her to her hotel room.

“He tried to penetrate with his foot. I slammed the door on his foot very hard,” she said.

“He screamed, stepped back and I was able to close the door. He just yelled outside the door. I remember sitting on the edge of the bed and just shaking with fear of what he might have done to me.”

Hall initially pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against him in 2013, before finally pleading guilty to 14 counts of indecent assault involving 13 girls between the ages of nine and 17.

He was sentenced to 15 months in prison, but after a review it was increased to 30 months.

Hall was later sentenced to an additional two years and six months, after being re-sentenced a year later.

Sylvia now hopes the documentary will encourage more victims to speak up in the future.

“No one should get away with sexual abuse, especially celebrities, just because they think they have the power and money to sweep it under the rug,” she said.

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“The BBC should never have allowed this to happen to anyone.

“I was one of the lucky ones who got to see it live on TV, which proved he actually did it. I know it helped encourage a lot more people to come forward.”

National Treasure, National Disgrace: Savile, Harris & Hall airs tonight at 9pm on Channel 5

Vanessa Walker claims she was attacked by Stuart Hall while on holiday and he tried to get into her room


Vanessa Walker claims she was attacked by Stuart Hall while on holiday and he tried to get into her roomPhoto credit: NB PRESS LTD
Savile died before the abuse allegations came to light


Savile died before the abuse allegations came to lightPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor I was groped by Jimmy Savile live on TV

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