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BBC and Jimmy Savile's estate sued by 31 alleged sex abuse victims as
lawyer claims the number of potential claimants is 'growing by the day'31 people seek compensation over claims they were molested by DJ
12:08 GMT, 13 February 2013
12:38 GMT, 13 February 2013
A total of 31 alleged sexual abuse victims are suing over claims they were molested by Jimmy Savile, it emerged today.
The victims have launched legal action against the Radio 1 DJ's estate and the BBC, where he worked for decades before his death in 2011.
Solicitor Alan Collins, whose firm Pannone is representing a number of victims, said that a writ had been issued at the High Court on behalf of the 31 people.
Victims: 31 people have launched legal action against the estate of Jimmy Savile, pictured, over abuse claims
Star: The DJ presented Top of the Pops as well as Jim'll Fix It before he died in 2011
He added that the number of alleged victims getting in touch with him 'grows on a daily basis'.
He said: 'The purpose of issuing the writ is to protect our clients' position and to seek management directions from the court to ensure the claims are administered as efficiently as possible.
'At this stage we are unable to expand in detail on the nature of the cases or the allegations that have been made, which range in seriousness from inappropriate behaviour to serious sexual abuse.'
Target: The BBC, where Savile worked for decades, is also named in the legal action
Savile, who presented Top of the Pops and Jim'll Fix It, fell from grace a year after his death when an ITV investigation revealed that he had abused numerous young girls at the height of his fame.
A comprehensive report of the allegations against him published last month linked him to more than 200 sex crimes, including 34 counts of rape.
Claims that the BBC covered up the extent of his abuse to avoid embarrassment led to the resignation of a number of senior officials, including Director General George Entwistle.
Sued: The alleged victims have lodged a writ with the High Court