A woman today told how she was repeatedly molested by Jimmy Savile in a Leeds restaurant where she worked as a teenage waitress.
Faye Sarr, 27, now a social worker in child protection, said her ‘grooming’ by Savile began when she was just 14.
She broke her silence as the Metropolitan Police revealed there may be as many as 300 victims who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of the former DJ.
Yesterday (Oct 25) police also raided Savile’s Scottish holiday home as they pursued more than 400 lines of inquiry – and two women claimed they were abused by a doctor, acting alongside Savile, at LGI in the 1970s.
Miss Sarr said the abuse lasted six months while she worked at Marlows Fish and Chip Restaurant in Street Lane, Roundhay – a favourite haunt of the now reviled BBC star.
She told how Savile, then in his 70s, dubbed her his “private waitress”. He also groped her on numerous occasions and in one instance pushed her up against a wall and forced kisses on her.
She said: “He followed me into a back changing room where the waitresses took a break and pretended he had gone the wrong way.
“He said: ‘Oops, but while I’m in here,’ and pushed me up against the wall and tried to kiss me and was laughing at me – it was really awful as he found it funny. I managed to turn my cheek to him instead of my lips and wriggled out of his grip and ran away. I was very upset.
“He even asked me to go back to his flat. Everyone could hear and he said it like he was pretending, but he meant it. I recall he said ‘Do you want to come back to my place in Roundhay Park and be my private waitress?’
“I never did, thankfully, but who knows what might have happened. Now I have heard about the rape allegations and other assaults, I know it could have been much worse.
“I feel angry now as I blamed myself. I did not realise I was being exploited. Everyone thought he was wonderful.”
Now married and mum to a five-year-old girl, Faye was brought up in Roundhay and attended Rossett School.
She said: “It all happened during 1998-99 when I was still at school and worked part-time as a waitress. Jimmy Savile would come in at tea-time for a meal and we all used to laugh at him, because we thought he was a bit odd.
“He would flirt with the waitresses but seemed to make a fuss of me and always do things like drop cutlery on the floor and ask me to pick it up.
“He would also leave massive tips. It was great if you smiled and were nice to him. But one time he really groped my bottom, not just a brush, it was awful.
“Later, I told my mum and she was livid. She wanted to go to the police but I would not. I eventually had to leave the job.
“I always hated seeing his picture after what happened. But if speaking out helps other people to come forward, if they are being abused, then I am happy to talk about it.”
Miss Sarr, now lives out of the area, says she has reported the incident to detectives handling the investigation.