BBC: New Child Abuse Allegations Emerge

1:58 AM PST 05/31/2013 by THR staff
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Twenty current or former employees of the U.K. public broadcaster have faced a total of 36 allegations since the Jimmy Savile scandal last fall.

Twenty BBC employees have faced a total of 36 allegations of sexually abusing children and teenagers since the Jimmy Savile scandal rocked the U.K. public broadcaster last year, according to the Guardian.

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The complaints, regarding an unknown number of victims under the age of 18, have come to light in the six months since October, according to the response to a Freedom of Information request to the BBC.

The BBC said in a statement that it was "horrified" by the allegations made against the 20, who have worked for the BBC in some capacity over the past five decades.

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The complaints were among a total of 152 recent and past allegations of sexual abuse against 81 BBC employees and freelancers, including 48 about Savile.

Half of the accused are current members of BBC staff or contributors said the Guardian, and cases against five are being examined by the police. Three people have been suspended pending the outcome of the police investigations, it said.

It is not known whether the claims relate to any onscreen stars other than Savile, the Guardian reported.

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