Jimmy Savile scandal: BBC accused of using licence fee cash to buy the silence of TWENTY women who made complaints

BBC accused of using licence fee cash to buy the silence of TWENTY women who made sex complaintsBBC paid off ex-employees who made complaintsFormer members of staff made to sign 'compromise agreements'
Deals gagged victims of sexual harassment and bullyingGroup of at least 20 ex-BBC staff have now made formal complaints

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The Respect at Work review was launched by the former director general George Entwistle last October after news emerged that many of Savile's alleged offences took place on BBC premises.

The complainants have branded the BBC as hypocrites for imposing the gags whilst proclaiming to be in the process of cleaning up the culture which enabled Jimmy Savile to commit sex crimes without being exposed

The complainants have branded the BBC as hypocrites for imposing the gags whilst proclaiming to be in the process of cleaning up the culture which enabled Jimmy Savile to commit sex crimes without being exposed

Speaking at the time, he said: 'The allegations that have arisen in the last few weeks that date back decades have truly shocked me.

'If there are lessons we can learn then we must do so to ensure that the mistakes of the past should never be repeated.'

The QC will be asked to make recommendations on how the BBC can improve its processes relating to sexual harassment.

Responding to the claims today, a BBC spokesperson said: 'No member of BBC staff, either past or present, has been prohibited in any way from taking part in the ‘Respect at Work’ review, prepared with the assistance of Dinah Rose QC.

'Working alongside the BBC’s own HR department, Rose will assist the BBC in reviewing its policies and processes relating to sexual harassment and ensuring existing structures and resources are properly deployed to guarantee support to any complainant.'

The news comes in the same week veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall, 83, made his first court appearance for 18 separate charges of sexual abuse spanning almost two decades.

Hall faces one charge of raping a young woman and 14 counts of indecent assault against children as young as nine.

He is alleged to have raped a 22-year-old woman in 1976 and 14 other alleged sexual assaults relate to 10 girls aged between nine and 16, between 1967 and 1986.

He denies any wrongdoing.