Lawyer condemns Savile vilification23 October 2012
A Catholic barrister has condemned the "systematic shredding" of the late Sir Jimmy Savile's reputation in the media and said some of those claiming to have been abused by him sensed "the smell of money in the air".
In a blog posting on the Tablet's website, Neil Addison, who regularly represents Catholic clients in cases of religious discrimination, said that despite being "no fan" of Savile, he finds something "distasteful in [the] systematic shredding of the reputation of a man after he is dead and unable to defend himself."
Mr Addison said he was concerned that Savile's alleged victims "are now being encouraged to consider legal action against the BBC and others." The lawyer warned that bringing claims of sexual abuse decades after they allegedly took place makes the possibility of a fair trial "impossible."
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