Jimmy Savile scandal to be reinvestigated by documentary maker Louis Theroux
Documentary maker Louis Theroux is to take a second look at disgraced former DJ and television host Jimmy Savile to see how he was able to hide decades of sickening sexual abuse.
The English film-maker, who first looked at the subject in the documentary When Louis Met Jimmy 15 years ago, has since said he felt a responsibility for failing to unmask Savile as a child abuser.
They struck up a friendship during three months of filming that lasted until 2004, with Theroux even staying occasionally at Savile's home.
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While Theroux's first documentary showed a darker side to the former Top Of The Pops host, it did not uncover the hundreds of sexual assaults that have subsequently emerged as taking place from the 1960s until his death in 2011.
The BBC said Theroux would now speak to Savile's friends, family and victims to discover how he was able to commit his crimes in the new documentary.
"At the time, he knew there was more to him than met the eye and, while he succeeded in showing a different side of Jimmy Savile, the darkest side of this hugely complex celebrity eluded him," the broadcaster said in a press release.
It added that Theroux would try to understand the personality of a man who was able to commit such a spectrum of sexual crimes, how someone he once called a friend used his celebrity status to commit these crimes and how the power of his public image gave him immunity.
"Louis will also explore the impact those crimes had on his victims and the legacy of their revelations," the BBC said. "How exactly did Jimmy Savile get away with it for all those years?"
With Theroux raising sexual abuse allegations with Savile in the first documentary, the BBC faced questions over why it did not investigate the former DJ when his crimes were revealed in 2012.
The hundreds of complaints of abuse against Savile included children as young as eight.
- Sydney Morning Herald