Jeremy Kyle has admitted he “almost lost his faith in human depravity” after interviewing Maureen Dale, who claims she spent ten minutes in the company of Jimmy Savile in the 1970s and suffered nothing more than having to inhale his cigar-stinking breath.
Psychologists and daytime chat-show hosts are trying to explain the phenomenon, as copycat cases are coming to light of more disturbed people vying for attention in this way. Two women in the north of England are making similar claims, one saying the only problem Savile caused her was trying not to laugh at his ridiculous hair.
The Daily Mail's Oliver Parr is not amused. “We've been running the same picture of Savile's pervert leer in every issue for the last six months, and we need to churn out new copy every day to accompany it”, he complains. “These revelations are not helping”. He has diagnosed it as a case of False Memory Syndrome. “Making allegations of innocence like this might seem just fine to some dysfunctional person, but it could ruin the lives of dozens of scandal-hungry tabloid journalists”, he warned.