Rolf Harris could face more charges as dozens more women have come forward with claims the disgraced entertainer sexually assaulted them.
Among them is British media personality Vanessa Feltz, who says she was assaulted while interviewing him on live television in 1996. According to her account, Harris pushed his fingers under her her skirt and pulled at the elastic of her underpants during an interview on The Big Breakfast.
Feltz first told her story in a newspaper column in 2012, shortly before Harris was first questioned by police, but was unable to name him. At the time, she said: “He was regaling me with amusing tales and jolly anecdotes about his life in the fast lane… Suddenly, I felt his hand inching under my bottom and worming its way beneath my skirt. Shocked doesn’t even begin to describe my emotions. What on earth was this married, avuncular, much-beloved national treasure thinking of?”
It fits the profile of some of Harris’ other assaults: in sentencing him, Justice Nigel Sweeney said “you clearly got a thrill while others were present or nearby”.
Feltz’ evidence wasn’t put to the jury in the recent trial because it emerged too late for the prosecution. But as more women come forward, Harris could face additional charges.
In the meantime, British Attorney-General Damien Grieve is reviewing Harris’ sentence after receiving complaints it was ‘unduly lenient’. The case could be referred to the Court of Appeal within 28 days.
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