Denmark’s musical Jimmy Savile raped girl, 13

Denmark’s musical Jimmy Savile raped girl, 13


norman lebrecht

June 25, 2021

Pressure is growing on Danish Radio (DR) to call an independent investigation into the last two conductors of its Girls Choir.

The latest testimony is that one of them, Tage Mortensen, raped an underage girl:

‘We’re out for an evening walk. Tage Mortensen puts his arm around my shoulders. That was not nice. He was an old man. Suddenly he pulls me into a ditch and starts tongue kissing me. To be completely honest, I do not remember what happened after that. I went like black…

‘I learned to stay away from him. I did not say anything to my mother because I knew she would be furious at him. That would not have any consequences for Tage Mortensen. I, in turn, would be taken out of the choir.

‘I liked to sing and I liked the togetherness between the girls. In addition, all the adults I knew were so proud of the girls’ choir. I would ruin that if I said anything.’




  • Gustavo says:

    Off with his goolies!

  • Henry williams says:

    These crimes should be reported straight away.

    • Karl says:

      I know. Then there would be irrefutable forensic evidence. Instead we are told we must believe all women even though that has proven unreliable.

  • Scarlet says:

    If I could speak to my teenaged self with the understanding the years have granted me, this is what I would say:

    It’s not your fault.

    You didn’t cause the adult to rape you, even unwittingly. You were never responsible for his behavior. It should not have been up to you to stop him.

    Your fear of exposing the authority figure is completely understandable. Almost always, an institution will fight to save its reputation, first and foremost.

    Adults do need to be held accountable. Hopefully, those who love you will eventually be able to say they’re sorry for not making you feel it was safe to tell them.

    You will benefit from psychological treatment from a good therapist.

    You do not have to feel branded for most of your life.

    You are not disgusting.

    This traumatic experience doesn’t define you.

    You may thrive.

    It’s not your fault.

    • Gustavo says:

      Doesn’t it take two to tango?

      • Curvy Honk Glove says:

        Wow… I’ve witnessed some insensitive garbage in my life, but this remark is way up there considering the OP’s comment. I’ll put the dots really close together here so you can follow along, Gustavo: Minors CANNOT legally consent. PERIOD.

      • Jack says:

        Uh . . . . no. Absolutely not. Talk to some victims sometime.

      • marcus says:

        That has to be, despite some very stiff competition, the single most stupid comment i have ever read on this site.

      • The View from America says:

        Tango, yes.

        But this was more like a tangle (aka: an assault).

      • Alexy says:

        No! That’s just the difference between rape (one use force or coercion to gets what he wants) and love making (your tango). Gustavo, you should think before writing such horrible comments

      • V.Lind says:

        A 13-year-old girl has the same responsibility as an adult man in a position of authority over her? What sort of barbarian are you? A proud member of rape culture?

      • ICP says:

        Neanderthal speaks …

      • M2N2K says:

        Yes it does, but the two should both be adults who want to tango with each other at that particular time and place.

      • Carl Rogers says:

        You need to wake up to what defines consent (which can never be legally granted with a minor) and rape.

    • norman lebrecht says:

      Thank you for sharing these thoughts

    • Carl Rogers says:

      What’s with so many thumbs down? It is a supportive comment and makes total sense.

      • HR says:

        I know nothing about computers, but from personal experience, I can tell you that it’s due to a problem with the voting on this site. In this case, thumbs down for Gustavo also showed up as thumbs down for Scarlet.

  • Malcolm James says:

    What is required first is a police investigation followed, possibly, by a trial and conviction. Unlike Savile, he is still alive to face justice. Until then, the presumption of innocence applies. Only then should there be an official investigation by DR, once we know what he got away with.

    • Nosema says:

      Can’t you read the articles you respond to? He’s been five feet under for 2 decades if not up the chimney…

      • Jack says:

        Suggest you read the post again.

        Here is, I think, the sentence in question.

        “Unlike Savile, he is still alive to face justice.”

        That suggests to me an assumption that had me reading the sentence as

        “Unlike Savile (who is now dead) this man is still alive to face justice.”