Rolf Harris found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault

Daily Echo: Rolf Harris found guilty of indecent assault Rolf Harris found guilty of indecent assault

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.

Harris remained impassive as the forewoman delivered the unanimous verdicts.

His daughter Bindi held hands with a fellow supporter, and wife Alwen and niece Jenny also watched from the public gallery as his fate was sealed.

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3:05pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Walter K says...

"Can ya tell what I did yet"
"Can ya tell what I did yet" Walter K
  • Score: 5

3:12pm Mon 30 Jun 14

saintsfan76 says...

My didgerydo was to blame your honour!
My didgerydo was to blame your honour! saintsfan76
  • Score: -2

3:43pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Kirsty666 says...

His songs say it all 'Two little boys' and 'Tie me kangaroo down sport'.....
His songs say it all 'Two little boys' and 'Tie me kangaroo down sport'..... Kirsty666
  • Score: -15

3:55pm Mon 30 Jun 14

shirlski says...

I think it's more about what he did with his extra leg...dig-a-lig-a-li
g-a-lum!
I think it's more about what he did with his extra leg...dig-a-lig-a-li g-a-lum! shirlski
  • Score: -2

4:13pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Outside of the Box says...

Tie my little girl down Rolf, dirty barsteward nonce, deserves to spend the rest of his sick life behind the door
Tie my little girl down Rolf, dirty barsteward nonce, deserves to spend the rest of his sick life behind the door Outside of the Box
  • Score: -14

4:43pm Mon 30 Jun 14

search for truth says...

Most of this item is a simple cut and paste job from the Daily Mail. Word for word to be exact.
Most of this item is a simple cut and paste job from the Daily Mail. Word for word to be exact. search for truth
  • Score: -1

4:54pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
Tie my little girl down Rolf, dirty barsteward nonce, deserves to spend the rest of his sick life behind the door
Thank you Moral Majority. Hope no woman "remembers" something you may or may not have done in another 40 years time...
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: Tie my little girl down Rolf, dirty barsteward nonce, deserves to spend the rest of his sick life behind the door[/p][/quote]Thank you Moral Majority. Hope no woman "remembers" something you may or may not have done in another 40 years time... Dai Rear
  • Score: 11

5:02pm Mon 30 Jun 14

deepheat says...

Looks like he will be swapping his wobble board for a parole board.
Looks like he will be swapping his wobble board for a parole board. deepheat
  • Score: 5

5:27pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Torchie1 says...

search for truth wrote:
Most of this item is a simple cut and paste job from the Daily Mail. Word for word to be exact.
Practically every Thursday they also Cut & Paste stories from the Lymington Times as well.
[quote][p][bold]search for truth[/bold] wrote: Most of this item is a simple cut and paste job from the Daily Mail. Word for word to be exact.[/p][/quote]Practically every Thursday they also Cut & Paste stories from the Lymington Times as well. Torchie1
  • Score: 5

5:43pm Mon 30 Jun 14

The Wickham Man says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
Tie my little girl down Rolf, dirty barsteward nonce, deserves to spend the rest of his sick life behind the door
You are just another ugly face in the semi literate baying lynch mob. Where in any of the reports did it say anything about him being a paedophile? I guess you were already foaming at the mouth and the words became blurred and confused.
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: Tie my little girl down Rolf, dirty barsteward nonce, deserves to spend the rest of his sick life behind the door[/p][/quote]You are just another ugly face in the semi literate baying lynch mob. Where in any of the reports did it say anything about him being a paedophile? I guess you were already foaming at the mouth and the words became blurred and confused. The Wickham Man
  • Score: 8

5:49pm Mon 30 Jun 14

BANJOED says...

Thank the stars that I am not famous!! My fumbles and bottom pinching in the late lamented Top Rank and the Royal Pier all those years ago would now get me 10 years. BTW!!! I met my wife of 49 years in just such circumstances at the Pier... and I still (gently) pinch her behind.
Thank the stars that I am not famous!! My fumbles and bottom pinching in the late lamented Top Rank and the Royal Pier all those years ago would now get me 10 years. BTW!!! I met my wife of 49 years in just such circumstances at the Pier... and I still (gently) pinch her behind. BANJOED
  • Score: 12

6:39pm Mon 30 Jun 14

eurogordi says...

CPS needed a high profile conviction to counteract recent criticism that the organisation was merely conducting a celebrity witch hunt. Unfortunately, the overtly friendly and tactile Rolf Harris has become a scapegoat of the hidden agenda of CPS. He is guilty of what? Putting his arm around female fans in public places? A pinch of a female bottom in good humour ... which used to happen in the workplace as a matter of routine 30 or 40 years ago and more? Did his so called "victims" mind being close to him when the allegations happened? No! They were probably too interested in getting close to a celebrity and telling their friends all about it the following day. I've met a few celebrities in my time, past and present. Oh no, some of them have actually put their arms around me when posing for photographs! One or two of them have pulled me a little too close to their celebrity bodies!! I did not and do not consider this to be "indecent assault". The conviction of Rolf Harris is a sad day for British justice and a sad day for all of us who want to hug a friend, neighbour or colleague that just needs cheering up. And woe betide any celebrity that that actually gets a little too close to his/her fans from now on. And before anyone starts saying that it was a jury which found Rolf Harris guilty rather than the judge, I personally do not believe legally unqualified civilians are the right people to decide whether another person is innocent or guilty. I am so glad that I am now exempt from jury duty because, as someone once said, if I point just one figure at one person then they would be within their rights to point all their figures back at me. Whatever we may or may not have done as individuals, we are all innocent and we are all guilty too.
CPS needed a high profile conviction to counteract recent criticism that the organisation was merely conducting a celebrity witch hunt. Unfortunately, the overtly friendly and tactile Rolf Harris has become a scapegoat of the hidden agenda of CPS. He is guilty of what? Putting his arm around female fans in public places? A pinch of a female bottom in good humour ... which used to happen in the workplace as a matter of routine 30 or 40 years ago and more? Did his so called "victims" mind being close to him when the allegations happened? No! They were probably too interested in getting close to a celebrity and telling their friends all about it the following day. I've met a few celebrities in my time, past and present. Oh no, some of them have actually put their arms around me when posing for photographs! One or two of them have pulled me a little too close to their celebrity bodies!! I did not and do not consider this to be "indecent assault". The conviction of Rolf Harris is a sad day for British justice and a sad day for all of us who want to hug a friend, neighbour or colleague that just needs cheering up. And woe betide any celebrity that that actually gets a little too close to his/her fans from now on. And before anyone starts saying that it was a jury which found Rolf Harris guilty rather than the judge, I personally do not believe legally unqualified civilians are the right people to decide whether another person is innocent or guilty. I am so glad that I am now exempt from jury duty because, as someone once said, if I point just one figure at one person then they would be within their rights to point all their figures back at me. Whatever we may or may not have done as individuals, we are all innocent and we are all guilty too. eurogordi
  • Score: 2

7:13pm Mon 30 Jun 14

bigfella777 says...

Sex case, mates with the queen, says it all. Another creeper bites the dust
Sex case, mates with the queen, says it all. Another creeper bites the dust bigfella777
  • Score: -6

8:24pm Mon 30 Jun 14

jonnyx says...

The Wickham Man wrote:
Outside of the Box wrote:
Tie my little girl down Rolf, dirty barsteward nonce, deserves to spend the rest of his sick life behind the door
You are just another ugly face in the semi literate baying lynch mob. Where in any of the reports did it say anything about him being a paedophile? I guess you were already foaming at the mouth and the words became blurred and confused.
Hmmm. While I agree with your initial sentiment regarding outside of the box's comment. Your non-paedophile comment is problematic. Perhaps it was the 7 year old girl he groped, perhaps it was the best friend of his daughter who was just 13 when he first attacked her and subsequently groomed her for years or perhaps it was the child actress tonya Lee who was 15 when she was a victim of Harris's. Take your pick.
[quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: Tie my little girl down Rolf, dirty barsteward nonce, deserves to spend the rest of his sick life behind the door[/p][/quote]You are just another ugly face in the semi literate baying lynch mob. Where in any of the reports did it say anything about him being a paedophile? I guess you were already foaming at the mouth and the words became blurred and confused.[/p][/quote]Hmmm. While I agree with your initial sentiment regarding outside of the box's comment. Your non-paedophile comment is problematic. Perhaps it was the 7 year old girl he groped, perhaps it was the best friend of his daughter who was just 13 when he first attacked her and subsequently groomed her for years or perhaps it was the child actress tonya Lee who was 15 when she was a victim of Harris's. Take your pick. jonnyx
  • Score: 9

8:32pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Rocket 1 says...

I'm afraid now, everyone is jumping on this Band Wagon for compensation money by accusing Celebrities of touching them, it is getting frightening now being a Man, because if someone doesn't like you, they can say, that man touched me, and the Police would have to follow it up, in the mean time it would be all over the Social Media Sites, then the poor innocent man is doomed without a Trial.......
I'm afraid now, everyone is jumping on this Band Wagon for compensation money by accusing Celebrities of touching them, it is getting frightening now being a Man, because if someone doesn't like you, they can say, that man touched me, and the Police would have to follow it up, in the mean time it would be all over the Social Media Sites, then the poor innocent man is doomed without a Trial....... Rocket 1
  • Score: 8

8:50pm Mon 30 Jun 14

BeyondImagination says...

I used to have a manager who regularly groped members of staff and pinched their bums. I was really fed up because she never did it to me.
I used to have a manager who regularly groped members of staff and pinched their bums. I was really fed up because she never did it to me. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 9

8:53pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Rocket 1 says...

BeyondImagination wrote:
I used to have a manager who regularly groped members of staff and pinched their bums. I was really fed up because she never did it to me.
Kn&b Head
[quote][p][bold]BeyondImagination[/bold] wrote: I used to have a manager who regularly groped members of staff and pinched their bums. I was really fed up because she never did it to me.[/p][/quote]Kn&b Head Rocket 1
  • Score: -13

9:04pm Mon 30 Jun 14

BeyondImagination says...

Rocket 1 wrote:
BeyondImagination wrote:
I used to have a manager who regularly groped members of staff and pinched their bums. I was really fed up because she never did it to me.
Kn&b Head
You miss the point sprocket
[quote][p][bold]Rocket 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BeyondImagination[/bold] wrote: I used to have a manager who regularly groped members of staff and pinched their bums. I was really fed up because she never did it to me.[/p][/quote]Kn&b Head[/p][/quote]You miss the point sprocket BeyondImagination
  • Score: 10

9:09pm Mon 30 Jun 14

jonnyx says...

Maybe I'm naive but I'm not sure that criminal cases resulting in a period of imprisonment for the guilty defendant attract compensatory payments for victims, do they? Maybe someone can decisively tell me different as I really don't know if they do. I know that there is such a thing as a victim surcharge, but I thought that was usually a small amount of money rather than the megabucks implied by rocket1's post.
Maybe I'm naive but I'm not sure that criminal cases resulting in a period of imprisonment for the guilty defendant attract compensatory payments for victims, do they? Maybe someone can decisively tell me different as I really don't know if they do. I know that there is such a thing as a victim surcharge, but I thought that was usually a small amount of money rather than the megabucks implied by rocket1's post. jonnyx
  • Score: 3

9:29pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Lockssmart says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Sex case, mates with the queen, says it all. Another creeper bites the dust
Leave the Queen out of this. Knobhead.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Sex case, mates with the queen, says it all. Another creeper bites the dust[/p][/quote]Leave the Queen out of this. Knobhead. Lockssmart
  • Score: -4

10:02pm Mon 30 Jun 14

BeyondImagination says...

Compensation is a civil matter. A criminal conviction makes a civil case more likely to succeed.
Compensation is a civil matter. A criminal conviction makes a civil case more likely to succeed. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 5

10:09pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Walter K says...

BANJOED wrote:
Thank the stars that I am not famous!! My fumbles and bottom pinching in the late lamented Top Rank and the Royal Pier all those years ago would now get me 10 years. BTW!!! I met my wife of 49 years in just such circumstances at the Pier... and I still (gently) pinch her behind.
She probably wasn't 7 and you 45 at the time though...
[quote][p][bold]BANJOED[/bold] wrote: Thank the stars that I am not famous!! My fumbles and bottom pinching in the late lamented Top Rank and the Royal Pier all those years ago would now get me 10 years. BTW!!! I met my wife of 49 years in just such circumstances at the Pier... and I still (gently) pinch her behind.[/p][/quote]She probably wasn't 7 and you 45 at the time though... Walter K
  • Score: 12

10:15pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Huffter says...

eurogordi wrote:
CPS needed a high profile conviction to counteract recent criticism that the organisation was merely conducting a celebrity witch hunt. Unfortunately, the overtly friendly and tactile Rolf Harris has become a scapegoat of the hidden agenda of CPS. He is guilty of what? Putting his arm around female fans in public places? A pinch of a female bottom in good humour ... which used to happen in the workplace as a matter of routine 30 or 40 years ago and more? Did his so called "victims" mind being close to him when the allegations happened? No! They were probably too interested in getting close to a celebrity and telling their friends all about it the following day. I've met a few celebrities in my time, past and present. Oh no, some of them have actually put their arms around me when posing for photographs! One or two of them have pulled me a little too close to their celebrity bodies!! I did not and do not consider this to be "indecent assault". The conviction of Rolf Harris is a sad day for British justice and a sad day for all of us who want to hug a friend, neighbour or colleague that just needs cheering up. And woe betide any celebrity that that actually gets a little too close to his/her fans from now on. And before anyone starts saying that it was a jury which found Rolf Harris guilty rather than the judge, I personally do not believe legally unqualified civilians are the right people to decide whether another person is innocent or guilty. I am so glad that I am now exempt from jury duty because, as someone once said, if I point just one figure at one person then they would be within their rights to point all their figures back at me. Whatever we may or may not have done as individuals, we are all innocent and we are all guilty too.
Would you really expect the jury to find the judge guilty?
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: CPS needed a high profile conviction to counteract recent criticism that the organisation was merely conducting a celebrity witch hunt. Unfortunately, the overtly friendly and tactile Rolf Harris has become a scapegoat of the hidden agenda of CPS. He is guilty of what? Putting his arm around female fans in public places? A pinch of a female bottom in good humour ... which used to happen in the workplace as a matter of routine 30 or 40 years ago and more? Did his so called "victims" mind being close to him when the allegations happened? No! They were probably too interested in getting close to a celebrity and telling their friends all about it the following day. I've met a few celebrities in my time, past and present. Oh no, some of them have actually put their arms around me when posing for photographs! One or two of them have pulled me a little too close to their celebrity bodies!! I did not and do not consider this to be "indecent assault". The conviction of Rolf Harris is a sad day for British justice and a sad day for all of us who want to hug a friend, neighbour or colleague that just needs cheering up. And woe betide any celebrity that that actually gets a little too close to his/her fans from now on. And before anyone starts saying that it was a jury which found Rolf Harris guilty rather than the judge, I personally do not believe legally unqualified civilians are the right people to decide whether another person is innocent or guilty. I am so glad that I am now exempt from jury duty because, as someone once said, if I point just one figure at one person then they would be within their rights to point all their figures back at me. Whatever we may or may not have done as individuals, we are all innocent and we are all guilty too.[/p][/quote]Would you really expect the jury to find the judge guilty? Huffter
  • Score: 2

11:25pm Mon 30 Jun 14

rudolph_hucker says...

His perverted bearded face and those cold evil eyes he hid behind his glasses sicken me.
They should lock him up in the same cell as Stuart Hall and make them fight each other.
His perverted bearded face and those cold evil eyes he hid behind his glasses sicken me. They should lock him up in the same cell as Stuart Hall and make them fight each other. rudolph_hucker
  • Score: -3

11:49pm Mon 30 Jun 14

sparkster says...

I agree with a post above, why wait all these years to come forward and report abuse, why not report it at the time
I agree with a post above, why wait all these years to come forward and report abuse, why not report it at the time sparkster
  • Score: 0

12:19am Tue 1 Jul 14

BeyondImagination says...

Huffter wrote:
eurogordi wrote:
CPS needed a high profile conviction to counteract recent criticism that the organisation was merely conducting a celebrity witch hunt. Unfortunately, the overtly friendly and tactile Rolf Harris has become a scapegoat of the hidden agenda of CPS. He is guilty of what? Putting his arm around female fans in public places? A pinch of a female bottom in good humour ... which used to happen in the workplace as a matter of routine 30 or 40 years ago and more? Did his so called "victims" mind being close to him when the allegations happened? No! They were probably too interested in getting close to a celebrity and telling their friends all about it the following day. I've met a few celebrities in my time, past and present. Oh no, some of them have actually put their arms around me when posing for photographs! One or two of them have pulled me a little too close to their celebrity bodies!! I did not and do not consider this to be "indecent assault". The conviction of Rolf Harris is a sad day for British justice and a sad day for all of us who want to hug a friend, neighbour or colleague that just needs cheering up. And woe betide any celebrity that that actually gets a little too close to his/her fans from now on. And before anyone starts saying that it was a jury which found Rolf Harris guilty rather than the judge, I personally do not believe legally unqualified civilians are the right people to decide whether another person is innocent or guilty. I am so glad that I am now exempt from jury duty because, as someone once said, if I point just one figure at one person then they would be within their rights to point all their figures back at me. Whatever we may or may not have done as individuals, we are all innocent and we are all guilty too.
Would you really expect the jury to find the judge guilty?
The point here is that it wasn't the judge who found him guilty, it was the jury. Mind you, there have been a few dubious judges over the years.
[quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: CPS needed a high profile conviction to counteract recent criticism that the organisation was merely conducting a celebrity witch hunt. Unfortunately, the overtly friendly and tactile Rolf Harris has become a scapegoat of the hidden agenda of CPS. He is guilty of what? Putting his arm around female fans in public places? A pinch of a female bottom in good humour ... which used to happen in the workplace as a matter of routine 30 or 40 years ago and more? Did his so called "victims" mind being close to him when the allegations happened? No! They were probably too interested in getting close to a celebrity and telling their friends all about it the following day. I've met a few celebrities in my time, past and present. Oh no, some of them have actually put their arms around me when posing for photographs! One or two of them have pulled me a little too close to their celebrity bodies!! I did not and do not consider this to be "indecent assault". The conviction of Rolf Harris is a sad day for British justice and a sad day for all of us who want to hug a friend, neighbour or colleague that just needs cheering up. And woe betide any celebrity that that actually gets a little too close to his/her fans from now on. And before anyone starts saying that it was a jury which found Rolf Harris guilty rather than the judge, I personally do not believe legally unqualified civilians are the right people to decide whether another person is innocent or guilty. I am so glad that I am now exempt from jury duty because, as someone once said, if I point just one figure at one person then they would be within their rights to point all their figures back at me. Whatever we may or may not have done as individuals, we are all innocent and we are all guilty too.[/p][/quote]Would you really expect the jury to find the judge guilty?[/p][/quote]The point here is that it wasn't the judge who found him guilty, it was the jury. Mind you, there have been a few dubious judges over the years. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 1

12:47am Tue 1 Jul 14

BeyondImagination says...

rudolph_hucker wrote:
His perverted bearded face and those cold evil eyes he hid behind his glasses sicken me.
They should lock him up in the same cell as Stuart Hall and make them fight each other.
You really should stop looking in the mirror
[quote][p][bold]rudolph_hucker[/bold] wrote: His perverted bearded face and those cold evil eyes he hid behind his glasses sicken me. They should lock him up in the same cell as Stuart Hall and make them fight each other.[/p][/quote]You really should stop looking in the mirror BeyondImagination
  • Score: 6

8:49pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Rocket 1 says...

jonnyx wrote:
Maybe I'm naive but I'm not sure that criminal cases resulting in a period of imprisonment for the guilty defendant attract compensatory payments for victims, do they? Maybe someone can decisively tell me different as I really don't know if they do. I know that there is such a thing as a victim surcharge, but I thought that was usually a small amount of money rather than the megabucks implied by rocket1's post.
Hang on Mate, another 12 people have now come forward claiming compensation, something not quite right here, easy money in my opinion, please do not look at any girl, if they don't like you they can say that man touched me, then you are in big big trouble, and possibly a heart wrenching court case, if it gets that far.................
....
[quote][p][bold]jonnyx[/bold] wrote: Maybe I'm naive but I'm not sure that criminal cases resulting in a period of imprisonment for the guilty defendant attract compensatory payments for victims, do they? Maybe someone can decisively tell me different as I really don't know if they do. I know that there is such a thing as a victim surcharge, but I thought that was usually a small amount of money rather than the megabucks implied by rocket1's post.[/p][/quote]Hang on Mate, another 12 people have now come forward claiming compensation, something not quite right here, easy money in my opinion, please do not look at any girl, if they don't like you they can say that man touched me, then you are in big big trouble, and possibly a heart wrenching court case, if it gets that far................. .... Rocket 1
  • Score: 1
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