Rolf Harris ‘slobbered all over blind and disabled woman while putting hand down her skirt at London hospital’
Rolf Harris sexually assaulted a blind and disabled woman in a hospital after telling her: “Has anyone told you what a good-looking woman you are?”, a court heard today.
The 86-year-old star is accused of assaulting seven women and girls, aged between 12 and 42.
Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC told Southwark Crown Court: “One notable feature of the case is that none these assaults is alleged to have happened in private; all appear to have occurred in public settings when there were other people in the near vicinity.
“Whether it was Mr Harris’ celebrity status that apparently made him so brazen is something that you may wish to consider.”
Harris allegedly attacked a 27-year-old woman blind woman who struggled to walk because of other disabilities at Moorfields Eye hospital, North East London, in 1977.
The court heard Harris attacked the blind woman after taking his wobble board and didgeridoo to perform at the hospital.
Mr Rees said: “He crouched down, kissed the back of her neck and in [the victim’s] words, began slobbering over her. She told him to get off, but he put one hand down the back of her skirt while he placed the other under her bottom over the top of her skirt.”
The woman warned Harris that if he didn’t stop, she was going to “prise his fingers off and hurt him” but he continued, only stopping when she bent his fingers back, Mr Rees said.
She said the attack felt like it went on longer than it did, but estimated it continued for ten minutes. A man who the woman said came to her aid has told police he has no recollection of any incident, the court heard.
The earliest allegation dates back to July 10, 1971 when Harris is said to have indecently assaulted a 14-year-old girl at the Lyceum theatre in central London during a festival of youth.
Harris had allegedly taken a shine to the youngster in what she described as a “smirky way” and assaulted her with her parents present as she got his autograph.
Six years later he is accused of molesting a 12-year-old girl in front of her mother after saying “Let’s give you a little cuddle”. The alleged attack happened after Harris appeared on Radio Victory in Portsmouth in 1977.
The most recent alleged sex attack happened in 2004, the court heard.
Wearing a dark suit and tie, the bearded former Animal Hospital presenter appeared via video link from Stafford prison.
The jury were told he was jailed in July 2014 for 12 counts of indecent assault on girls aged between eight and 18. He continues to maintain his innocence in relation to these convictions, Mr Rees said.
Harris, formerly of Maidenhead, Berks, denies seven counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault.
The trial continues.