The death of Jimmy Savile in 2011 instigated a wave of allegations about the disgraced media personality which culminated in an ITV documentary in 2012.
It is now known that Savile abused around 500 vulnerable people, some as young as two years old from the 1950’s until two years before his death. The sheer amount of people coming forward prompted Savile’s Estate to set up a compensation scheme designed to give his victims redress.
Following the revelations about Savile, the police set up Operation Yewtree which investigated allegations of abuse by high profile and public figures. This resulted in the convictions of seven people, including Rolf Harris, Gary Glitter, Dave Lee Travis and Max Clifford. Where high profile figures once though they could act with a sense of impunity, after Savile’s death, it is now much easier for people to come forward and to be believed.
How do I claim?
Many celebrities and public figures are high net worth individuals and so claiming from them directly is often more straightforward. We are able to undertake searches to determine if it is possible to secure a judgement against someone. Where an individual has died, it still may be possible to claim from their Estate depending on how long ago they passed away.
How can we help you?
If you have been affected by this and would like some advice as to whether it is possible to make a claim, please talk to us and we will be able to advice you in complete confidence as to your legal rights.