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Savile 'took girls on late-night hospital trips'

Published on Oct 31, 2012 6:34 PM

LONDON (AFP) - The late British TV star Jimmy Savile, who has been accused of sex abuse, regularly took teenage girls on late night trips to a hospital where he was a volunteer, an ex-porter said in an interview aired on Wednesday.

The scandal surrounding Savile, who died last year aged 84, has dragged in a number of institutions where abuse allegedly occurred, including the publicly funded British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and three hospitals.

Mr Terry Pratt, a former porter at Leeds General Infirmary in northern England, told the BBC that the entertainer would often turn up at 1am or 2am with one or two girls and be handed a key to the nurses' accommodation.

Mr Pratt said the girls appeared "star-struck" by the broadcaster, who was one of Britain's biggest television faces for decades and himself volunteered as a night porter at the hospital for years.

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