The nephew of Jimmy Savile has spoken of his family’s “turmoil” over allegations of sexual abuse surrounding the late TV presenter and DJ.
Police have said Savile could have sexually abused as many as 300 people.
Roger Foster said the claims had “overwhelmed” Savile’s family and left them questioning their feelings towards him and his charitable work.
But their own “despair and sadness” could not compare to that felt by the victims, said Mr Foster.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered from every kind of abuse over so many years, and we offer our deepest sympathy in what must have been a terrible time for all of them,” he said.
Mr Foster said he did not know when the allegations against his uncle would end, adding that the repercussions of the scandal were “enormous”.
Just three weeks before the allegations broke, Mr Foster was in Scarborough for the unveiling of his uncle’s headstone at Woodlands Cemetery.
The headstone has since been removed, broken up and sent for landfill.
The Catholic Church in England and Wales has now confirmed it has written to the Vatican to ask if Savile’s papal knighthood can be posthumously removed.
It is still uncertain whether his Freeman of the Borough of Scarborough title will remain.