LONDON (AP) -- A new report into widespread sex abuse by the late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile has found that victims' complaints about his activities were ignored.
The report released Thursday showed an extensive pattern of abuse at numerous National Health Service hospitals where the celebrity broadcaster was given wide access to patients even though he was known by some staff to be a sexual predator.
It details numerous cases of abuse of patients who were helpless to protect themselves.
Savile was an active fundraiser who had met with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to talk about his charity work and also received a knighthood.
His reputation as a popular TV personality collapsed after he died in 2011, when hundreds of witnesses and victims came forward accusing him of sexual abuse.