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Alleged victim of Rolf Harris ‘speaking out for vindication and justice’

He denies four charges against three women between 1971 and 1983.

One of Rolf Harris’s alleged victims said she is speaking out for “vindication and justice” as the entertainer sat in court for the first day since his trial began.

Harris, 87, is accused of touching the then 13-year-old schoolgirl after he appeared in a broadcast of the BBC’s Saturday Superstore in 1983.

He also allegedly asked the young teenager if she often got molested on a Saturday morning, which his defence team claimed had been said in a jokey way.

Rolf Harris, 87, arrives at Southwark Crown Court (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

It is the first time the jury has seen the Australia-born former television star, who was released from HMP Stafford on Friday morning, in person for his indecent assault trial at Southwark Crown Court.

The complainant, who gave evidence via video link as Harris followed with a hearing loop, was quizzed on her motives for coming forward 30 years after the alleged incident.

Asked by prosecutor Jonathan Rees if she had made a claim for compensation, she said: “No I haven’t, and I don’t intend to.

“This has never been about compensation, it’s been about vindication and justice.”

She added that coming forward had been “the hardest thing I have ever had to do”.

Of the past few decades, she said: “It’s been an awful experience, and certainly not something I would do for any kind of fun or any other reason.

“All I want is entirely vindication and justice for the people these things happened to over the years.”

Harris denies four charges against three women between 1971 and 1983. His niece Jenny looked on as the entertainer, who previously appeared via video link, sat in the dock wearing a dark suit and patterned tie.

He is expected to follow the rest of proceedings in person.


From Belfast Telegraph