Savile victims alerted to compensation scheme

Tuesday 22 April 2014 16.31
Around 140 people have come forward to say they were abused by Jimmy Savile
Around 140 people have come forward to say they were abused by Jimmy Savile

British newspaper advertisements have been published informing people who claim they were sexually abused by television presenter Jimmy Savile about how they can apply for compensation.

Around 140 people have come forward to say they were abused by the DJ and entertainer, who died in October 2011 aged 84.

The compensation scheme was approved following a ruling at the High Court in February.

Mr Justice Sales sanctioned the scheme after agreement between NatWest, the executor of Savile's estate, lawyers representing Savile's alleged victims, the National Health Service and the BBC.

The judge described the compensation scheme as a "sensible and pragmatic" attempt at solving a "complex situation".

He also approved the publishing of the newspaper adverts.

They appear in today's Times and Daily Mirror newspapers, as well as some local newspapers.

The adverts advise people who wish to make a claim for sexual assault by Savile to do so by 3 June.

The claim scheme will be open for a year, according to the adverts.

Payments will be capped at £60,000 (€73,000) each, the BBC said.

Lawyers initially put the value of Savile's estate at around £4m, but Mr Justice Sales said the current value was about £3.3m.

Solicitors representing alleged victims have said that the scheme will not guarantee payouts but will provide a framework within which claims can be analysed.

Savile, who worked at the BBC, has been accused of being a serial child abuser and sex offender, and was alleged to have abused people in hospitals.

Lawyers have said they think the vast majority of alleged victims have already emerged.

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