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Jimmy Savile victim sues the BBC for £1million Karin Ward
  • Karin Ward, 58, was one of the first to unmask Savile as a serial paedophile 
  • She was forced to perform sex acts with him in the back of his Rolls-Royce
  • Panorama aired clips where Ms Ward revealed Freddie Starr also 'preyed on her'
  • Claims she was assured Starr would not be named and has launched legal action 

 

Karin Ward, 58, unmasked Jimmy Savile as a serial paedophile and rapist Karin Ward, 58, unmasked Jimmy Savile as a serial paedophile and rapist

Karin Ward, 58, unmasked Jimmy Savile as a serial paedophile and rapist

The BBC is being sued by a sex abuse victim it 'betrayed' by screening clips in which she claimed Freddie Starr had groped her.

Karin Ward was one of the first to publicly unmask Jimmy Savile as a serial paedophile and rapist – a scandal which sparked the biggest crisis in the BBC's history.

The 58-year-old says she was persuaded by Newsnight to reveal her story and told any legal fees would be covered if she was sued.

However Panorama showed clips of Ms Ward claiming Starr also 'preyed on her' - despite assurances the comic would not be named. 

Starr sued her for libel in 2015 and while he lost, he refused to pay her £952,400 legal costs.

Ms Ward, from Oswestry in Shropshire, has now sued the corporation for £1million, claiming it betrayed her, according to The Sun. 

Ms Ward's lawyer told the High Court court BBC bosses had left her to 'twist in the wind'.

Ms Ward was sued over comments she gave to BBC Newsnight in 2011 for a story which was controversially spiked by the broadcaster. 

The BBC instead broadcast Christmas tributes to the deceased DJ. But her interview was later used by Panorama.

Comic Freddie Starr sued Ms Ward for libel in 2015 and while he lost, he refused to pay her £952,400 legal costs Comic Freddie Starr sued Ms Ward for libel in 2015 and while he lost, he refused to pay her £952,400 legal costs
She revealed how she was forced to perform sex acts on the Jim'll Fix It star in the back of his Rolls-Royce She revealed how she was forced to perform sex acts on the Jim'll Fix It star in the back of his Rolls-Royce

Comic Freddie Starr (left)  sued Ms Ward for libel in 2015 and while he lost, he refused to pay her £952,400 legal costs. She revealed how she was forced to perform sex acts on the Jim'll Fix It star (right) in the back of his Rolls-Royce

Ms Ward, from Oswestry in Shropshire, has now sued the corporation for £1million, claiming it betrayed her, according to reports  Ms Ward, from Oswestry in Shropshire, has now sued the corporation for £1million, claiming it betrayed her, according to reports 

Ms Ward, from Oswestry in Shropshire, has now sued the corporation for £1million, claiming it betrayed her, according to reports 

A spokesman for the BBC said: 'The BBC has agreed to make a contribution to Ms Ward's legal costs.

'The BBC and Ms Ward are pleased that this matter has been resolved.' 

 

The mother of seven told how she was forced to perform sex acts on the Jim'll Fix It star in the back of his Rolls-Royce, and saw Gary Glitter having sex with an underage girl in Savile's BBC dressing room, during the filming of his show Clunk Click.

She also said she was 'groped' by Freddie Starr when she was just 15. 

Mr Starr was cleared after an 18-month investigation but lost a libel case against Miss Ward in 2015.  

Ms Ward claims she was persuaded by Newsnight to reveal her story and told any legal fees would be covered if she was sued. Ms Ward claims she was persuaded by Newsnight to reveal her story and told any legal fees would be covered if she was sued.

Ms Ward claims she was persuaded by Newsnight to reveal her story and told any legal fees would be covered if she was sued.

The comedian had faced financial ruin after losing a High Court court case against Ms Ward.

Starr claimed he had lost £300,000 in earnings as a result of the allegations.

However, Mr Justice Nicol ruled that Miss Ward was telling the truth and dismissed the case in July 2015. 

Instead of paying £952,400 to cover her legal fees and court costs as he was ordered to by the judge, Starr liquidated his assets and left the country, buying a flat on the Costa del Sol.

 

 


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