A picture of Cherie in 1973 when she was a patient at the Stoke Mandeville hospital
ONE of Jimmy Savile’s victims told how he abused her when she was pregnant.
Cherie Wheatcroft was being treated for burns to her hands at Stoke Mandeville hospital in 1973.
She was sitting on her bed when she first spotted Savile. Cherie said: “I saw somebody just running. But as they were running they looked at me. They changed course and the eyes fixed on me and they started running directly towards me.
“The next minute the person tried to climb in the window. I just couldn’t believe it. I was in shock.
“He came straight at me and stuck his tongue right down my throat. And he held my face and obviously I couldn’t use my hands. It went on and on.
“Then he started jabbering, ‘You’ve been a naughty girl haven’t you? You’ve been a naughty girl with your boyfriend, haven’t you?’ He just kept repeating it.”
Cherie, inset in 1973, is convinced Savile planned the attack because he knew private details about her.
She added: “There were things coming up about my health and straight away I knew he had seen my health records or that he’d spoken to the head surgeon or somebody had told him that I am on my own in there.”
Cherie is just one of Savile’s victims who speaks out in a new documentary by Louis Theroux, who filmed a show with the radio DJ 15 years ago.
It catalogues how Savile used his fame to cover up his behaviour. In unseen footage he is seen boasting about how he regularly beat up young lads but was let off by police.
Savile tells a producer: “I invented zero tolerance. I wouldn’t stand for any nonsense whatsoever. I was always in trouble with the law for being heavy handed but I couldn’t care less about that.
“I never threw anybody out. I tied them up and put them down in the boiler house until I was ready for them. At 2 o’clock in the f***ing morning.
“If a copper came and said ‘you was a bit heavy with that kid’, I’d say ‘your daughter comes in here, she’s 16, she’s not supposed to come into town but she does and she comes here’.
“‘I presume you’d like me to look after her. If you don’t want me to look after her tell me and I’ll let them dirty slags do what they want to her’. I never got nicked.”
The documentary also features an interview with Savile’s secretary Janet Cope who worked with him for almost 30 years.
She said he was so close to then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher he was given direct contact to her.
Janet said: “I had a direct line to Downing Street.”
She added: “I used to tell people he was asexual because people always used to say he was gay, but he wasn’t.
“But he wasn’t craving female closeness, not that I saw ever.”
Louis Theroux – Savile is on BBC2 at 9pm tonight