‘I’m so upset’ Lady Colin Campbell speaks out on ‘creepy’ Jimmy Savile introduction

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Lady Colin Campbell, 72, has spoken out on a near meeting with the late Jimmy Savile, as she described the shamed comedian as “oozing creepiness” at a charity event they both attended. The royal author claimed others at the glitzy party were “fawning over” the sex offender when his crimes were not yet public knowledge at the height of his fame.

He was hiding in plain sight

Lady Colin

Speaking on her YouTube channel, Lady Colin recalled: “I was offered to be introduced to Jimmy Savile many years ago, at some event, some charity event and I looked across at this greasy, ghastly creep that everybody was fawning over.

“[They said] how wonderful he was and what a marvellous comedian he was, and I saw this creep.

“Oozing creepiness with his lanky hair and at a formal event in a shell suit.”

She shuddered: “Eurgh, sorry I’m so upset. I said, ‘No thank you very much. I think the guy looks like a creep’.”

The aristocrat alleged that those attending the event were unaware of the comedian’s horrific crimes which only surfaced the year after he died in 2012.

Lady Colin continued: “Most people in the charity world, in the medical world, had no clue what Jimmy Savile was about.

“Everybody thought he was funny. I thought he was a jerk and a creep. He was hiding in plain sight,” she added.

The results of an investigation into Savile by the Department Of Health were made public by Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt in 2014.

The report concluded that Savile sexually assaulted victims in NHS hospitals over several decades. At Leeds General Infirmary, 60 people, including both staff and patients, stated that they had been abused by Savile, their ages ranging from 5 to 75.

It reported on a number of organisational failures which had allowed him to continue unchallenged.

Hunt apologised to the victims of the assaults, and said that the findings “will shake our country to the core”.

It was reported that Savile had boasted to nurses and other staff that he performed sex acts on the bodies of recently deceased persons in the mortuary of Leeds General Hospital and claimed to have removed glass eyes from corpses and made them into rings.

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The report said “We have no way of proving Savile’s claims that he interfered with the bodies of the deceased patients in the mortuary in this way” but that Savile did have unsupervised access to the mortuary.

A separate report on Savile’s activities at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, prepared by independent investigator Dr Androulla Johnstone and published on 26 February 2015, found that he had sexually abused more than 50 people there, including staff, patients and visitors.

One was an eight-year-old child. Savile had full access to all parts of the hospital. The report stated that it was widely known at the hospital that Savile was a “sex pest”, and that 10 complaints had been made at the time, but no action was taken.

Savile shot to fame in 1964 after he presented the first-ever Top of the Pops for the BBC, he had previously been a DJ at Radio Luxembourg in 1958.

He became a household name in the UK and was admired at the time for his seemingly impressive charity work.

The BBC presenter raised £40 million for charity and one cause for which he raised money was Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where he volunteered for many years as a porter.

He raised money for the Spinal Unit, NSIC (National Spinal Injuries Centre), and St Francis Ward – a ward for children and teens with spinal cord injuries.

Savile also volunteered at Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor Hospital.

In August 1988, he was appointed by junior health minister Edwina Currie chair of an interim task force overseeing the management of Broadmoor Hospital, after its board members had been suspended.

Savile was found dead at his home in Roundhay in 2011, two days before his 85th birthday. He had been in hospital with pneumonia, and his death was not suspicious.

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