My life was de­stroyed. Is it worth so lit­tle? It’s dis­gust­ing

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“No amount can take the pain away or change what they did. But I’m bro­ken.

“My life has been de­stroyed by ev­ery­thing that hap­pened to me as a child.

“I am se­verely psy­cho­log­i­cally dam­aged. My story has been proven and yet here I am still fight­ing. I’d prob­a­bly have got more if I’d been in a car ac­ci­dent.”

Leisha was one of up to 1,000 vic­tims abused on BBC premises by the creepy Jim’ll Fix It! star, who died in 2011 aged 84.

She says up to 30 men in­clud­ing Sav­ile as­saulted her in the years that she was taken to BBC Tele­vi­sion’s HQ, then in West Lon­don’s White City.

Leisha’s child­hood was turned into a sick­en­ing night­mare af­ter a fam­ily friend in­vited her to spend week­ends with him when she was aged around eight.

She came from a poor fam­ily in Muswell Hill, North Lon­don. The friend was a set de­signer with the cor­po­ra­tion who told her he could get her into BBC Tele­vi­sion Cen­tre as a “treat” so she could see where pro­grammes were made and meet stars.

One her first day wide-eyed Leisha wan­dered around the TV cen­tre clutch­ing her au­to­graph book in the hope of seeing her favourite celebri­ties. In­stead she was in­tro­duced to a pae­dophile ring.

Sav­ile and dozens of his cronies sex­u­ally as­saulted her, which usu­ally be­gan by sit­ting her on their knees.

She claims she was signed in as a guest ev­ery other week­end. Staff failed to flag up the con­stant vis­its of an eight-year-old girl as be­ing

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