Stars Fear Savile Scandal Implication, Vatican Regrets Papal Knighthood

Martyn Mclaughlin
Scotsman.com

DOZENS of celebrities who shot to fame in the 1960s and 1970s have enlisted the services of a public relations expert amid fears that they could be implicated in the deepening child abuse scandal surrounding Jimmy Savile, it was claimed yesterday [Saturday].

Max Clifford, who represents a number of high-profile clients, said that a clutch of “huge names” from the world of entertainment are “frightened to death” of becoming embroiled in the controversy that has destroyed the reputation of the former BBC presenter and led to other prominent figures coming under scrutiny.

The celebrities “never asked for anybody’s birth certificate” during an era when they had “young girls throwing themselves at them,” Clifford said.

[…] It emerged yesterday [Saturday] that the most senior cleric in the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has written to Rome to ask if the Vatican could investigate whether the papal honour awarded to Savile for his charitable works could be posthumously removed and its effects nullified. Savile was made a Knight Commander of St Gregory the Great by Pope John Paul II in 1990.

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