Rolf Harris is facing eight new charges of sexual misconduct against women and girls, brought by seven new potential victims, one of whom was just 12 when she was allegedly assaulted by the former children’s entertainer.
Harris, 86, appeared in the Westminster Magistrates Court today via video link from Stafford prison where he is currently serving a six year sentence for sex offences against four girls, one as young as seven.
The new charges, which include seven counts of indecent assault and one of “sexual touching”, are related to alleged incidents, which took place between 1971 and 2004, News.com reports.
Prosecutor Sam Maine told the court that Harris’ previous convictions must be taken into account in sentencing and that in all cases he abused the trust placed in him as a celebrity.
In 2014, Harris was found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault:
The court heard that one women, who suffers from a severe disability, told police that his hands felt “like an octopus” when he allegedly molested her.
Mr Maine also recalled another incident involving a sight-disabled woman who said Harris told her she was “gorgeous” before kissing her neck and touching her breasts at a hospital in 1977.
He apparently claimed he was a “touchy, feely sort of bloke”, while she felt “totally trapped” and “absolutely invaded”.
Mr Maine told the court that Harris was a “practiced offender” as he read out the full list of charges, including one from a then-13-year-old girl who says she was asked “Do you often get molested on a Saturday morning?” before he allegedly assaulted her.
Harris plead “not guilty” to all charges.
His defence lawyer said he would argue the assaults “simply did not occur – none of the allegations occurred”, despite Harris’ own admission of a “vague recollection” of some of the locations.
The case will move to the Crown Court, where Harris is likely to appear again via video link on April 14.