Outrage As BBC Spends £89,000 To Protect Naked Child Statue By Pedophile Artist

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The BBC has sparked fury after it was revealed that it is planning to spend £89,000 to put up a security screen to protect a statue by pedophile sculptor Eric Gill.

Gill’s abuse came to light in the 1980s, following the publication of his private diaries in which he admitted to sexually abusing his two daughters and the family dog.

Since then there have been many calls for it to be removed.

The move comes after his Prospero and Ariel sculpture, located outside Broadcasting House in central London, was attacked twice by protesters.

The Mail Online reports: It was previously reported that planning permission had been sought for a permanent 13ft by 9ft glazed screen, and now the £89,000 cost has been released following a Freedom of Information request.

It shows the sum includes ‘fixings’, ‘licensing’, ‘scaffolding hire’ and ‘installation costs’.

Some £50,000 has already been spent on restoring the 1930s statue following the attacks. 

Gill, who died in 1940, had been a celebrated 20th century artist – but when his diaries were published after his death, it was revealed he sexually abused his daughters.

Marilyn Hawes, chief executive of campaign group Freedom From Abuse, said: ‘It’s insane and outrageous. Of all organisations, BBC should throttle back given the association with Jimmy Savile.’

A BBC spokesman said: ‘The BBC in no way condones Gill’s abusive behaviour. Having sought expert advice and opinion, we are repairing the facade in line with the building’s Grade II-listed status.’

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