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Jimmy Savile's Family 'Knew Of His Dark Side'

Jimmy Savile's great-niece has told Sky News she believes some members of his family knew of what they called his 'dark side' - but that they turned a blind eye to it.

Caroline Robinson, 49, has said she was sexually abused by Savile at a family gathering when she was 12-years-old and again at an engagement party when she was 15.

"They both happened during a family gathering. It was not as though I was on my own. There were members of the family there as well," she said.

"Jimmy got it down to perfection, where he managed to do it and what he did and nobody noticed.

"After it happened when I was 12, I spoke to my grandmother, I told her what Jimmy had done. Her reply was, 'It's only Jimmy, it doesn't matter, I'll sort it out'.

"I think that certain members of the family who were closer to him knew what kind of man he was but they kept it secret for their own means".

Savile's nephew, Roger Foster, said on Saturday that the 'picture' of Jimmy Savile painted by his victims was not the man he knew. But he apologised to those alleged victims for Savile's 'darker side'.

Ms Robinson said she believed many people knew of Savile's alleged activities but that they 'turned a blind eye' in part due to the rewards that came with being associated with Savile's name.

"I think a vast amount of people knew at the BBC, at the NHS and the council. I think everybody knew who surrounded themselves with Jimmy Savile, including the family; they turned a blind eye.

"The rewards they got from Jimmy Savile's name and everything else kept them in a lifestyle that they became accustomed to.

"I am sure the BBC, if they could have stopped this in the 60s when they first found out about the allegations, I would not be a victim now. I would not be sat here. They have wrecked my world apart. They are to blame.

"It is sad that certain members of the family were given the riches of Jimmy Savile whilst the others, who may have been abused; they got nothing at all".

Ms Robinson also urged and encouraged other potential victims of Savile to come forward.

"I would like to ask all of the victims who are quiet still ... your voice will be heard. You have to come and speak to somebody. Whether it is the police, your mum, your dad, anybody.

"You must come and tell, because it is a secret that eats you alive inside and it will one day kill you. You have to speak out now".