Rold Harris faces fresh allegations of attacking young fans

Metropolitan police are considering fresh allegations against Rolf Harris after he was convicted of indecently assaulting four girls, BBC reported.

Rold Harris faces fresh allegations of attacking young fans
Rold Harris faces fresh allegations of attacking young fans

The entertainer was found guilty on Monday of 12 counts of indecent assault in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Following the verdict, the Met said it would look at fresh allegations, which did not form part of his trial.

Dozens more of the 84-year-old’s alleged victims came forward during the trial, some from his native Australia.

During his trial prosecutors said Harris was a “Jekyll and Hyde” character who took advantage of his fame.

The judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, said a custodial term would be “uppermost in the court’s mind” when sentence was delivered on Friday, but he wanted to see a medical report before passing sentence.

The central allegation concerned a friend of Harris’s daughter who he had groomed and molested from the age of 13 until she was 19.

His other victims were touched or groped, sometimes at his public appearances. Six other women also told the court about indecent assaults Harris had carried out against them. The entertainer was not prosecuted over those incidents but the evidence was introduced by the prosecution as an added illustration of his behaviour.

Harris, from Bray, Berkshire, was first questioned in November 2012 in Scotland Yard’s Operation Yewtree investigation set up in the wake of sexual abuse allegations against the late BBC Radio 1 DJ Jimmy Savile. Although his arrest was unconnected to Savile’s offending, the publicity surrounding that case had prompted the friend of Harris’s daughter to come forward.

Harris was not initially named by the police or identified in the mainstream media until a few weeks after his arrest in March 2013.

The other women who gave evidence in court contacted police after Harris’s arrest was made public and he was charged in August of that year.

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