A Scarborough man who was friends with Sir Jimmy Savile for over 40 years says he feels “hoodwinked” by the star.
Malcolm Stephenson, who ran nightclubs Scene One and Two in the 60s and 70s, says his initial sadness on hearing the allegations of sexual abuse have now turned to anger.
He told the Scarborough News: “I can put my hand on my heart and say I never knew anything about any of this.
“I never even heard any rumours. The only thing was that years ago people did question his sexuality, asking if he was homosexual, but that was it.”
Mr Stephenson, who first met Sir Jim in the Wimpy bar, which is now the Rendez Vous Cafe, added: “I never saw him with any young girls - or any girls actually.
“People used to come up and ask for his autograph a lot, but he was always with other adults when I saw him.”
The leisure developer, who ran Mr Marvels in North Bay, said if he’d have “gone berserk” if he had become aware of any abuse at the time.
He said: “When I first heard the allegations I was saddened, but that has now changed to a feeling of outrage. The more I look at it, I now feel like I didn’t know him at all.”
Mr Stephenson said that, on reflection, Jimmy did keep his groups of friends separate from one another and now wonders if that was intentional.
He added that it was “absolutely right” to remove the memorials in Scarborough, including his headstone.