November 1, 2012 - 13:29 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The estate of television presenter Jimmy Savile has been frozen in response to the sex abuse claims made against him, NatWest bank said, according to BBC News.
The bank, which is acting as the late DJ's executor, said: "Given the claims raised, distribution of the estate has been put on hold."
Savile's estate is thought to be worth about £4m. Lawyers representing those who claim they were attacked by Savile are planning to sue the estate for damages.
Police believe the former BBC presenter and DJ, who died last year aged 84, could have abused as many as 300 people over a 40-year-period. They have described Savile as a "predatory sex offender".
Scotland Yard has said it is following about 400 lines of inquiry as part of the investigation into claims Savile abused hundreds of young girls and some boys, sometimes on BBC premises.
He is also alleged to have carried out abuse at a number of other institutions, such as the high security psychiatric hospital Broadmoor, Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary.
The former BBC TV presenter and DJ, who was knighted in 1996, had been a household name since he presented the first edition of Top Of The Pops in 1964.
The BBC has already announced inquiries into the Savile abuse claims. The first, led by former Sky News head Nick Pollard, is examining whether there were any failings in the BBC's management of the Newsnight investigation into Savile abuse claims.
It emerged recently a Newsnight report into abuse allegations against Savile was dropped in December 2011, shortly before the BBC ran Christmas tributes to the late presenter.
A huge number of claims later came to light following an ITV documentary - Exposure: The Other Side of Sir Jimmy Savile - about the alleged abuse that was broadcast early last month.
Former Court of Appeal judge Dame Janet Smith has begun a review into the culture and practices of the corporation during Savile's time at the BBC. A further review will examine sexual harassment policies at the BBC.