It has been reported that ten BBC workers are to be questioned by Operation Yewtree officers in connection with allegations of sexual abuse involving Leonard Rossiter; the ‘Rising Damp’ star who died in 1984.
It has been alleged that a number of sexual assaults were committed during the filming of the controversial 1968 drama, ‘The Year of the Sex Olympics’ at the BBC Television Centre in London.
One male victim, who was 18 at the time and an extra on the show, has reported that he was assaulted twice by three BBC employees. Rossiter is alleged to have observed on the second occasion and performed a sexual act. A female TV extra is also said to have fled the set in a distressed state on a separate occasion following an alleged sexual assault whilst on set.
Police are pursuing the new line of enquiry and contemplating making arrests.
Despite reporting the assaults to a senior BBC employee, no action was taken in respect of the allegations and the victims were even told that they would not work for the BBC again if they pursued their abuse claims. This shocking reaction is a clear demonstration of the need for Mandatory Reporting, whereby institutions who fail to take steps to report instances of sexual abuse within their knowledge, would face criminal sanctions.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have been actively campaigning for HM Government to introduce mandatory reporting for some time. We believe it's essential to ensuring that perpetrators of sexual abuse are prevented from carrying out these assaults and the victims are ultimately spared their ordeals.
For information on Slater and Gordon’s involvement in mandatory reporting, please see our Mandatory Reporting campaign.
Slater and Gordon's Abuse Lawyers are currently representing over 175 Jimmy Savile victims as well as a number of victims of Stuart Hall; Slater and Gordon have considerable expertise in litigation involving the BBC. Our specialist team of sexual and physical abuse Lawyers are highly experienced with the issues that arise from abuse cases like this and are understand the difficulties the victims face when speaking out.
Slater and Gordon offer a free consultation for victims of abuse and any communication will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. Please call freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you. Our UK contact centre is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have over 1,200 staff and offices in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Bristol, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Halifax, Wakefield & meeting rooms in Bramhall, Cheshire.