Rolf Harris guilty of sex attacks

South Wales Argus: Rolf Harris guilty of sex attacks Rolf Harris guilty of sex attacks

VETERAN entertainer Rolf Harris saw his decades in the spotlight end in disgrace today as he was found guilty of indecent assault.

The 84-year-old, once a much-loved artist and musician, was convicted at Southwark Crown Court of 12 sex charges involving four women.

His army of supporters, including suited security guards and representatives from PR giant Bell Pottinger who attended every day of the trial, could do nothing to change the verdict of the jury of six men and six women.

Once seen by a UK audience as a national treasure, Harris had enjoyed years of success, netting him a multi-million pound fortune and the chance to paint the Queen.

But the downfall of an entertainer who was part of millions of British childhoods came today, as Harris became the biggest scalp claimed by detectives from high profile sex crime investigation Operation Yewtree.

Dozens more alleged victims have come forward during the trial, including several in Australia, and Scotland Yard has been in touch with their counterparts in the Australian police, but it is not yet clear whether they are pursuing any investigation in Harris's home country.

The NSPCC said it has received 28 calls relating to Harris to date, involving 13 people who claim they fell prey to the performer.

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8:35am Tue 1 Jul 14

tilleryvalleyboy says...

Now he's being investigated in Australia ...Perhaps he really did tie that kangaroo down!
Now he's being investigated in Australia ...Perhaps he really did tie that kangaroo down! tilleryvalleyboy
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9:55am Tue 1 Jul 14

davidcp says...

The jury system - the ultimate democracy. People vote whether or not you did it based on a partial hearing of only what evidence was allowed in, and make a best guess. (In fairness the defence gets more leeway!)

When there's forensic and eyewitness evidence this seems reasonable, but when there's only the word of one against another it's a risky business.

(Note - not having heard ALL the evidence against RH this is a GENERAL comment about historical allegations and celebrity trials. Because one day it might be YOUR turn to try and defend yourself against an allegation that something happened 20 or 30 years ago. At least I have a diary.......)
The jury system - the ultimate democracy. People vote whether or not you did it based on a partial hearing of only what evidence was allowed in, and make a best guess. (In fairness the defence gets more leeway!) When there's forensic and eyewitness evidence this seems reasonable, but when there's only the word of one against another it's a risky business. (Note - not having heard ALL the evidence against RH this is a GENERAL comment about historical allegations and celebrity trials. Because one day it might be YOUR turn to try and defend yourself against an allegation that something happened 20 or 30 years ago. At least I have a diary.......) davidcp
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4:10pm Tue 1 Jul 14

-trigg- says...

There always seemed to be something odd about Saville, but its hard to believe these allegations against Rolf Harris.

What next? Will we hear accusations about what Gordon the Gopher got up to in the broom cupboard? If Rolf can be guilty of these sorts of offences then almost anyone can.
There always seemed to be something odd about Saville, but its hard to believe these allegations against Rolf Harris. What next? Will we hear accusations about what Gordon the Gopher got up to in the broom cupboard? If Rolf can be guilty of these sorts of offences then almost anyone can. -trigg-
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9:06pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Reported when the verdict was announched there wa stunned silence even ouside when he left court no one spoke - in such disbelief
Reported when the verdict was announched there wa stunned silence even ouside when he left court no one spoke - in such disbelief Limestonecowboy
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