Savile 'Would Walk In On Women Having A Bath'

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Savile 'Would Walk In On Women Having A Bath'

Jimmy Savile thought he was "untouchable" and would regularly walk in on female patients at Broadmoor while they were having a bath, it has been claimed.

A former patient from the 1970s said the TV presenter had "total" access to the high-security hospital in Berkshire.

His former personal assistant Janet Cope also claimed Savile worked to gain access to high-profile criminals.

She told ITV's Exposure: "Jimmy was untouchable. (He) was very proud of the fact that he spoke to all these very high-profile poorly criminals."

Ms Cope said that although she had never seen him abuse anyone, he was a controlling person.

She explained: "I knew how he operated so I was very wary of him and I felt there was an undercurrent, there was a bad side, which not many people saw."

Ms Cope said Savile held a position of real authority at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, adding: "He controlled everything. He controlled me.

"Everybody was - I'm going to use the word - frightened of him."

Police are investigating claims the former DJ, who died last year, sexually abused hundreds of women and children.

A former Broadmoor patient told Exposure Savile would often walk in while females were taking baths.

She said: "He would come in when you'd be having a bath ... he would just walk in."

Speaking anonymously, she said Savile once tried to touch her breast - and when she reported him she spent months in solitary confinement.

Lawyer Liz Dux said she was representing nine women who claimed they were abused by Savile at Stoke Mandeville.

"Some of them have had their lives destroyed (by Savile)," Ms Dux said.

"Several of the victims did report matters to members ... no action was taken."