Jimmy Savile's great-niece has told how she wanted to go to his funeral to "make sure that he was dead."

Caroline Robinson, who claims her great-uncle sexually abused her when she was just 12 years old, told ITV's This Morning how she thought her family deliberately protected Savile, and her grandmother's silence was bought.

"If we blabbed on Jimmy or told tales, the fame that surrounded him would've gone. And I loved to say that Jimmy Savile is my Uncle - I loved to say it, it made me proud.

"But for him to suddenly be destroyed over something like this, the family would have had nothing," she said.

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Caroline Robinson says she was sexually abused by Savile


The 49-year-old said she believed Savile bought her grandmother's silence after she complained of the abuse but was told "it's only Jimmy."

"Anything she wanted, she got. From holidays that she wanted to do, she got a cottage, she stayed in a Bupa sheltered home, so everything my Grandmama wanted, she got," Caroline said.

She said when she was just 12 years old her great-uncle put his hand in her knickers when she was sat on his knee.

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The Panorama investigation also hears new evidence of suspicions within the BBC about Savile's activities as far back as the early 1970s


"I thought there's something wrong here... he was stroking my back, caressing up and down my spine, and it didn't feel right. It felt weird. But he decided to carry on.

"Because I had a short skirt on and because I didn't want to spoil my best dress I lifted my skirt up so I was just sat with him on with just my knickers and the more he rubbed he hand up and down my back and went closer towards my pants, I thought something's hard here... something's uncomfortable, what am I sat on? Car keys?...

"So the more I wiggled, the more excited Jimmy got. And the next minute I know, he hand is on my bum, he'd gone into my knickers an his hand was on my bum."

Caroline's claims come as Newsnight editor Peter Rippon is to stand aside while the BBC reviews its response to the Savile sex scandal.

Rippon has become the first casualty of what John Simpson called "the worst crisis that I can remember in my nearly 50 years at the BBC."

A Panorama documentary to be aired tonight will claim a Newsnight investigation into the Savile sex abuse scandal was pulled after pressure from senior managers.

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  • Jimmy Savile in 1961 around the time he was working for Radio Luxembourg. He is at London Airport with Pan American stewardess Birgit Johansson with two gold discs; one is for American singer Elvis Presley for having sold one million copies of "It's Now or Never" in the UK, and the other is for Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker

  • Cilla Black and Jimmy Savile before a Variety Club Luncheon at the Savoy Hotel. Taken in 1964, the year Savile became the first presenter of Top of the Pops

  • Two women have come forward with allegations from the 1960s, one who was 14 and another who was a teenager when she claims Savile sexually abused her in Scarborough

  • Savile in 1969 with Physically Handicapped and Able-Bodied (PHAB) member Erika Mentz from Germany and other PHAB members at a dance at Devonshire House

  • 1969 also saw Savile begin volunteering at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital for specialist spinal injuries. He would later be given a room there

  • Jimmy Savile presenting a cheque to children on behalf of the NSPCC in 1969

  • The 1970s saw Savile start volunteering at Leeds General Infirmary and...

  • ... Broadmoor secure high-security psychiatric hospital. Allegations by former patients have been made against Savile although ex-workers have disputed the idea that he could have been left alone with anyone whilst working there

  • The 70s also saw the start of Jim'll Fix It. Allegations from this period include Caroline Moore, a 13-year-old patient at Stoke Mandeville hospital in 1971, who says Savile "rammed his tongue" down her throat and another allegation accuses Savile of molesting a brain-damaged teenage patient at Leeds General Infirmary in 1972

  • The 1980s saw the continuation of Top of the Pops and Jim'll Fix It as Savile became a much loved household name. Two allegations relating to this time include one from a then-15-year-old girl (not pictured) who made a complaint of abuse by Savile in Lancashire. Pictured is 12-year-old Rebecca Heap

  • Savile at the Stoke Mandeville hospital with injured children from Beirut in 1987

  • Savile was knighted in 1990 and continued his charity work throughout the decade

  • Savile was questioned in 2007 by police about allegations of sexual abuse but the Crown Prosecution service says there is not enough evidence to warrant a prosecution

  • A 2008 police report into abuse at the Haut de Garenne children's home in Jersey names Savile, although this is never made public

  • Savile re-united with his Jim'll Fix It chair in 2009. The previous year Sussex police received a complaint of sexual assault but went on to say the victim was "unwilling to co-operate in any investigation"

  • Jimmy Savile is found dead at the age of 84 in October 2011. He is buried in Scarborough

  • In December 2011 the BBC drop an investigation by Newsnight into the allegations of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile. Three tribute programmes are aired instead

  • ITV airs a documentary, 'Exposure, the Other Side of Jimmy Savile', in which a number of women claim they were abused by Savile as youngsters, including Karin Ward (pictured)

  • Within days of the documentary, many more allegations surface. By the 9 October Peter Spindler of the Metropolitan Police tells the BBC: "It is quite clear from what women are telling us that Savile was a predatory sex offender"

  • 11 October 2012 and George Entwistle, Director General of the BBC, asks journalists why the Newsnight programme was dropped as police from Tayside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and North Yorkshire police say they are investigating allegations going back to 1959

  • 12 October and police reveal they have 340 potential lines of inquiry

  • 15 October sees a man come forward alleging that Savile abused him when he was a nine-year-old boyscout

  • Savile's family removed his headstone from his grave and broke it up in the wake of the furore

  • Jimmy Savile sexually abuses transgender man

    A transgender man comes forward alleging that Jimmy Savile 'stuck his hand up his nightdress' while he was a 17-year-old teenage girl at Broadmoor in the 1970's. More here http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/15/jimmy-savile-timeline-abuse-allegations_n_1966426.html?1350304573#slide=1641388