Wednesday, 8 February 2017


The 86-year-old showed no emotion as the verdicts were read out - but he could face a retrial on another four allegations.


Rolf Harris
Image Caption:Rolf Harris denied seven charges at Southwark Crown Court
Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has been cleared of three sex offences, but could face a retrial on another four allegations.
A jury at Southwark Crown Court took just under a week to find the 86-year-old Australian not guilty of three of the seven charges, alleged to have happened over four decades, following a second trial.
He could be retried on four counts of indecent assault which the jurors were unable to decide on.
Judge Alistair McCreath discharged the seven women and five men on the jury, and a hearing will be held next Wednesday for the court to hear if another trial will take place.
Harris, who declined to give evidence at his second trial, showed no emotion as the guilty verdicts were read out.
It took the jury 26 hours and 16 minutes to clear Harris of two charges of indecent assault and one of sexual assault.
Harris was found not guilty of indecently assaulting a young autograph hunter when she visited him at a radio station in Portsmouth with her mother at the end of the 1970s.
The jury also cleared him of groping a blind, disabled woman at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London in 1977.
And he was also cleared of the most recent charge he was accused of - sexually assaulting a woman in her 40s after the filming of a television show in 2004.
Harris is currently in jail serving five years and nine months after being convicted in 2014 of 12 sex offences against four female victims, one aged as young as seven or eight.
He is expected to be automatically released from prison on 19 July 19 for the sentence he is serving.
His defence team claimed the jury in the first trial had "got it wrong" and that the media frenzy had "without doubt made him vulnerable to people making accusations against him".
During the trial, Harris' barrister suggested the complainants had come forward simply to claim compensation.
A number of complainants denied being motivated by possible financial gain, insisting they were seeking justice.
The judge told Harris he would be remanded in custody for next week's hearing, which he must be present for but not necessarily in person, to which he replied: "Thank you."
Harris is accused of putting his hand up the skirt of a 14-year-old girl as she went to get an autograph in 1971.
Another alleged victim was a teenager when she claims he grabbed her breast and slid his hand between her legs in 1978.
Harris also allegedly asked a 13-year-old girl, "Do you often get molested on a Saturday morning?", as he slid his hand under her clothed breast after a children's TV show in 1983.
He is also accused of making a sexual comment while stroking the bare skin of a 19-year-old's lower back at a music studio in 2002.
Speaking outside court after the verdicts, Harris's solicitor Daniel Berke said: "Mr Harris is grateful for the care and attention this jury has given to his case and for the not guilty verdicts returned.
"Given the uncertainty as to what will now happen, no further comment can be made."