Coleen Nolan has said that notorious paedophile TV presenter Jimmy Savile asked her back to his hotel room when she was only 14 years old.
The Loose Women star said that event occurred after one of her appearances on Top of the Pops, where she performed with her sister as a part of the Irish girl group The Nolans and of which Jimmy was a host.
The 56-year-old opened up about the experience on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, saying at the time she viewed Jimmy as a “dirty old man” and was not surprised when it emerged, he was a prolific sex offender.
Jimmy’s vile crimes only came to light after his death at the age of 84, back in 2011.
After watching clips of herself with Jimmy on Top of the Pops she said: “You know when it came out about Jimmy Savile I wasn't in any way shocked, thinking about it.
“I was 14 there and that same night, he asked me to go to his hotel.”
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She then continued: “He said he had a suite in a hotel and I should go up and see it and he'd look after me.”
Coleen confirmed that Jimmy did know that she was only 14 at the time of his comments.
She added: “Well at the time I just thought you dirty old man. As if I'm going to go up there, I wouldn't do it anyway. I've got four sisters on the stage that would have beaten the c**p out of him.”
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Later in the interview, Coleen also discussed her three sisters’ cancer battles.
Both Linda, 62 and Anne, 70 have both undergone chemotherapy just days apart, while her third sister Bernie, tragically passed away from breast cancer in 2013 at the age of 52.
Coleen told Piers: “Bernie would not accept any other scenario except she's going to live. Whatever they said, she was going to live. And I guess she convinced us of that as well. I'll never, ever forget her.”
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“And we talk about her as if she's still here and it still does feel like she's a massive part of our family because whatever we do, Bernie is mentioned.
“Sometimes sadly because everything we do we say, Bernie would love this. She was just so full of life and it was, it was… hard.”
Piers Morgan's Life Stories airs tonight at 9pm on ITV
If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.
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