BBC presenter Jimmy Savile reportedly abused as many as 500 children

jimmy-savile-child-sexual-abuse-gi.jpgJimmy Savile passed away on Oct. 29, 2011, and the former British TV icon's legacy is quickly turning sour. An investigation into the ex-BBC presenter's life reveals at least 500 counts of sexual abuse directed at children between the mid-1940s and 2007.

BBC and the British Department of Health are both planning to publish reports about the investigation into Savile. The Department of Health's is looking into 33 hospitals linked to Savile and its findings are due out "shortly," while the BBC's will be published in September 2014, BBC News reports.

The majority of Savile's victims were between the ages of 13 and 15, but the youngest reported child was 2 years old, BBC News says. NSPCC, a children's charity, published a joint report with the Metropolitan Police about the abuse in January 2013. In the time since, 50 more reports of abuse have been filed.

Savile had been asked to lead a task force at Broodmoor psychiatric hospital in 1988. BBC learned that at least 16 reports of abuse have been filed related to Savile's time at the hospital. 

During his time on television, Savile was best known as the host of "Jim'll Fix It." On the BBC show, he would receive and then work to grant the wishes of viewers, which were primarily children. He also was the first and last host of the popular BBC music chart show "Top of the Pops."

In 2012, a year after his death, ITV ran a documentary examining the claims of child abuse against Savile. A deeper media and government investigation has looked into these claims in the years since.
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