POSING next to Jimmy Savile’s Rolls-Royce, it’s claimed this boy was abused by the TV star at a charity sports event in Southsea during the 1970s.
The victim, who is now middle aged, was snapped by his family standing next to Savile’s luxury motor in 1972 – on the same day he claims he was sexually assaulted by the presenter on Southsea Common.
It is believed Savile was visiting the area for a charity event in aid of people who played disabled sports.
But Pannone Solicitors, which is putting together a legal case for the victim against Savile’s estate, want to find out more and have released the picture in a bid to jog people’s memories.
The boy’s face has been blurred as he cannot be identified for legal reasons. As previously reported in The News, the alleged victim, who is not from Portsmouth, was on holiday with his family in the city when the incident is said to have happened.
Alan Collins, a solicitor who specialises in child abuse cases for Pannone, said: ‘We want to know more about what this event in Southsea was.
‘The victim remembers it being a charity event for disabled sports people. We want to know specifically if Savile was the guest of honour and who was involved in arranging his visit. An organiser wouldn’t get into trouble because they may not be the person or organisation who employed Mr Savile.
‘Once we have established those details we can then see whether the victim has a case which we can pursue against Jimmy Savile’s estate.’
The legal firm, which has offices in London and Manchester, says it is also following up other lines of inquiry from victims across the country.
Mr Collins said: ‘It appears Mr Savile was able to have direct access with young people and do terrible things to them.’
The alleged victim has reported the incident to a police force in the north east and is getting together a statement for the Metropolitan Police.
He is being assessed by a psychiatrist before Pannone decides how much compensation to ask Mr Savile’s estate for.
Mr Collins added: ‘This is a typical child abuse case. The victim has for many years been able to suppress what happened to him.
‘Now with all the attention surrounding Mr Savile the memories have come back.’
The allegation follows reports that more than 200 people have come forward and said Savile abused them.