There is a lot going on with this case. I was almost laughing seeing him helped out of a limo looking all crippled and old taking one step every 3 seconds to walk into court. For Christ sake, he was running a round a stage a few months ago happy as Larry despite his age. This is setting up on his side to get no jail time. I drafted some posts about identifying it was him who was the old Australian entertainer being investigated because the Aussie media was too gutless to say out loud what everyone knew. Harris like so many in the 70′s and 80′s thought they were SO famous they were untouchable. Sadly the girls in their vicinity were NOT.
The letter he wrote should disgust anyone who reads it as he tries to cover his own ass.
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Rolf Harris trial: Prosecution alleges entertainer had ‘dark side’ that preyed on girls
The 84-year-old is facing 12 counts of indecently assaulting four girls between the late 1960s and mid 1980s, the youngest of whom was aged seven or eight at the time of the alleged offence.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Prosecutor Sasha Wass QC told the opening day of the trial that Harris was an immensely talented man with a glittering career, who exploited his fame to commit the assaults.
She said he used his fame to access girls and young women, confident they would not tell anyone what he had done because of his status.
Ms Wass said Harris had a “dark side” that was sexually attracted to girls, and that he groomed one of his victims “like a pet”.
The jury of six men and six women was also told Harris slobbered around the neck of another girl and ran his hands down a third victim inappropriately in separate incidents.
Ms Wass said Harris was a Jekyll and Hyde figure, whose “dark side” was not known to colleagues and companions for decades.
He developed a consistent approach in gaining the trust of his young victims before abusing them, the jury heard.
“You will see a pattern during the case of Mr Harris approaching girls in a purely friendly way and then once he is in close physical contact with them, taking advantage of the situation in order to indecently assault them,” she said.
Harris confessed in letter to victim’s father, court told
The prosecution has revealed that the main complainant – seven of the 12 counts deal with her allegations – was a childhood friend of Harris’s daughter, Bindi.
The woman says she was first abused as a 13-year-old when she was on a holiday with the Harris family in Hawaii and Australia.
The prosecution says that by the time she was an adult Harris had total control over her and the abuse continued until she was in her late 20s.
The jury was told Harris does not deny that he had a sexual relationship with the woman, but says it began when she was 18.
The court heard Harris wrote a letter of confession to the woman’s father in which he admitted that he had a sexual relationship with the woman.
“I fondly imagined that everything that had taken place had progressed from a feeling of love and friendship,” the jury heard Harris wrote in the letter.
“There was no rape, no physical forcing, brutality or beating that took place.”
His status meant the woman did not talk about the incident until 1996. But in 1994, the court heard, Harris says he was contacted by the woman who demanded 25,000 pounds ($45,000).
When he refused, she threatened that her brother would go to newspapers over what Harris assumed were details of the affair, the court was told.
Harris alleged to have abused girls in several countries
Ms Wass said Harris abused his victims in numerous locations such as Hawaii and Australia, but many incidents took place before a law change in Britain meant offences allegedly committed abroad could be tried in the UK.
A number of other witnesses set to be called by the prosecution will allege they were also abused by Harris while he was on visits to Australia and New Zealand.
They include a woman who says Harris assaulted her while she was working as a make-up artist at Channel Seven.
The jury heard that she would say Harris was known as “The Octopus” because of his reputation for groping young women, a comment the jury was later told to disregard.
The prosecution says without knowing each other, the complainants and witnesses have related similar accounts of the type of abuse and the way in which it happened – often in a brazen and sudden manner.
Ms Wass told the jury they should not dismiss any of the claims because they related to historic incidents.
She said the consequences of sexual abuse could be life-changing and current, and she said when the jury hears them describe what Harris did to them “you may think those victims deserve to have a voice”.
The court was told that two of the girls became alcoholics because of the abuse.
The first prosecution witness in what is expected to be a six-week trial is due to take the stand on Monday.
The white-bearded, bespectacled entertainer was accompanied at the Southwark Crown Court in London by Bindi and his wife, Alwen Hughes.
Harris is the biggest name to go on trial since British police launched a major investigation after revelations that the late BBC TV host Jimmy Savile was a prolific child sex abuser, leading to the arrest of more than a dozen ageing celebrities.
Harris is known by millions in Britain and Australia for pop chart hits such as Two Little Boys and Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport.
A keen artist, Harris painted Queen Elizabeth’s portrait in 2005, and was honoured by her for his services to entertainment and charity and performed at her 2012 Diamond Jubilee concert.
To be successful in these cases is to have independent corroborating evidence, and I reckon Rolf Harris knows he is gone (oh yeah I did have an affair with that girl but ONLY after she was 18 etc) Bad news for him is the girls he molested back then are now mums themselves and taking a stance. The suppression of evidence needs to end, it is 2014 not 1814.