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In this Dec. 17, 1986, photo, disc jockey and presenter on Britain's Radio 1, Jimmy Savile, is pictured at Madame Tussauds museum in London. / John Redman, AP

LONDON (AP) - Investigators say the late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted victims ages 5 to 75 in hospitals across Britain over more than four decades.

A series of reports released Thursday found that Savile, who had unsupervised access to multiple hospitals as a celebrity fundraiser, abused both patients and hospital workers. Investigators said of the 60 alleged abuses at Leeds general infirmary, three were rapes.

There were also reports Savile claimed to have performed sex acts on the dead. Sue Proctor, who led one of the investigations, said although the allegations could not be verified, access to hospital mortuaries in the 1980s was "lax."

Savile's reputation collapsed after he died in 2011, when hundreds of witnesses and victims came forward accusing him of sexual abuse.



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