Jimmy Savile did not carry out Sussex hospital attack

Jimmy Savile did not carry out Sussex hospital attack

A member of staff, not Jimmy Savile, sexually assaulted a woman in hospital

A member of staff, not Jimmy Savile, sexually assaulted a woman in hospital

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"Opportunistic sexual predator" Jimmy Savile did not commit a sexual offence at a Sussex hospital - but a member of staff did. 

In a report released today by the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, it was revealed that the children's entertainer did not commit an offence there in 1954.

The woman, now in her 80s, told police Savile had indecently assaulted her while she was recovering from an operation.

28 hospitals have released reports today detailing the extent of Savile's sexual offences - showing he ranged from five-years-old to pensioners and included men, women, boys and girls.

The report by QVH revealed the assault was likely committed by fully trained member of staff.

The report says:"The assailant present at the time of the assault was wearing a theatre gown,
cap and mask and would have required clinical knowledge or training to be given the sole care of the victim at the time of the assault.

“There is no evidence that could be found that showed Savile had received this level of training.

"While the victim identified her attacker as Savile, at the time of the incident the attacker was wearing theatre clothing including a cap which may have made identification of a specific individual
more difficult.

“The victim was recovering from an anaesthetic and therefore may not have been
fully alert at the time."

In a statement released with the report, a spokesman for QVH said: "Along with the other NHS trusts asked to investigate sexual abuse allegations against the late Jimmy Savile, QVH has today published its report of findings. The investigation concerned an allegation of sexual assault of an adult female patient in 1954.

"After a thorough review of all the information available, there is no evidence that Savile ever visited or had any other association with QVH.

"The report concludes that while there is no reason to doubt the allegation, which was made in 2013, the alleged assault cannot be conclusively attributed to Savile or any other specific individual."

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