Tom Jones describes Jimmy Savile as “a good man” despite star’s history of sexual abuse

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Tom Jones

by Owen Tonks |
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You know Jimmy Savile, right? The children’s entertainer who was uncovered as a paedophile after his death in 2011? Well, Tom Jones has described him as a “good man”.

Former The Voice coach Tom told BBC Radio 5 Live: “He always liked teenage girls, as long as they were over 16, which is of course legal.

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    “And you would always see him around with young girls… When you see someone like that, you would never think he was a paedophile because of the way he handled himself.”

    He went on: “You always think of paedophiles as being creepy people – well maybe to some people he did look a bit creepy – but he was a bit of a Jack the lad with young girls.”

    On how some of Jimmy’s victims met the star when he was host of Top Of The Pops, Tom said: “For a start, you have to be over 16 to dance on Top Of The Pops, so where was it going on?

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    “I was shocked when it all came out. To me, Jimmy Savile was a good man. But who knows?”

    Tom and Jimmy got to know each other after Jimmy gave the musician some “great advice” while he worked at Decca Records when Tom was a rising star.

    He said: “He promised to take [the demo] into Decca and then he said, ‘Look, it’s up to you.’

    “He told me to make sure the first track was a hot one and I did Breathless. And from that I got a recording contract with Decca, so it was thanks to Jimmy Savile.”

    Grim.

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