ROLF Harris has been accused of sexually assaulting a vulnerable ten-year-old girl at a school holiday camp.
Harris, now 92, served three years in prison after being found guilty of 12 indecent assaults against four underage girls in the UK.
Now another woman claims she was assaulted 40 years ago in Australia.
She was introduced to him after he performed at a camp at Mount Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula, the Herald Sun reports.
She alleges he was helping her pick spilt wax off her dress when he used a “hug-lift” to move her onto him.
The woman then claims he sexually assaulted her.
“I remember feeling petrified, terrified and panicked,” she said, recalling that she screamed when he touched her.
But when confronted, Harris called her a “lying brat”, she claims.
The woman is also suing the State of Victoria and foster care provider OzChild over alleged abuses that happened when she was under their care.
In 2014, Harris was sentenced to five years and nine months in prison after being found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault against four underage girls.
His trial heard one of the victims was a childhood friend of his daughter and another a young autograph hunter.
He was released from prison in May 2017 part-way through a re-trial on four accusations of indecent assault.
In November 2017, Harris appeared at the Court of Appeal in London to try and overturn his 2014 convictions, claiming jurors in the case were “poisoned” against him.
He had one conviction overturned following his appeal, but the other 11 remain.
Harris found fame in the 1960s with the release of his hit song Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport.
He later moved to Berkshire and became a UK TV star.
The disgraced performer was last seen in public walking his dog near his rural estate in Bray, Berkshire, two years ago.
He is reportedly “gravely ill” and unable to speak or eat without a tube since being diagnosed with neck cancer.
How you can get help
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected].
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.