Draft report says BBC's culture allowed Jimmy Savile abuse

LONDON -- A leaked draft report into serial sex abuse committed by the late Jimmy Savile condemns the BBC for having a "deferential culture" that allowed major entertainers to get away with violating the law.

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The report says BBC allowed some of its top figures to act "above the law" without fear of being held responsible.

It also warns that another "predatory child abuser" could commit similar crimes today without being discovered.

The report is part of an official review by retired judge Janet Smith into Savile's checkered tenure with the BBC. Smith said the report, obtained by investigative news website Exaro, was an early draft.

Savile died in 2011. Since then, he has been accused of multiple sex crimes against children and categorized as one of Britain's worst sex offenders.



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