The Straits Times
Published on Oct 27, 2012

Vatican asked to remove shamed British star Savile's knighthood


LONDON (AFP) - The leader of England's Catholics has asked the Vatican whether the papal knighthood given to disgraced British television star Jimmy Savile can be posthumously removed, a spokesman said today.

Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, wrote a letter last week asking the relevant office to see whether Savile can be stripped of the honour.

Police investigating alleged child sex abuse by the late BBC star have identified around 300 possible victims, making him one of the worst offenders in British history.

The claims against Savile have plunged the BBC into crisis and destroyed the reputation of the man who, with his garish tracksuits and ever present cigar, was one of the most famous faces on British TV for decades.