Rolf Harris arrives at court for sentencing over sex assaults
Friday, July 04, 2014 - 00:52
Rolf Harris, a mainstay of family entertainment in Britain and Australia for more than 50 years, arrives at a London court for sentencing, after he was found guilty of indecently assaulting young girls over two decades. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Entertainer Rolf Harris arrived at a London court on Friday (July 4) for sentencing after he was found guilty on 12 charges of indecently assaulting young girls over two decades.
Harris, 84, was unanimously convicted by a jury of six men and six women of sexually assaulting four girls, some as young as seven or eight, between 1968 and 1986.
An artist and musician who presented prime-time TV shows mostly aimed at children, Harris is the biggest name to go on trial since British police launched a major investigation after revelations that the late BBC TV host Jimmy Savile was a prolific child sex abuser.
During the trial, the prosecution had portrayed the bearded, bespectacled entertainer, who once painted Queen Elizabeth's portrait, as a predator who groomed and abused one woman for her entire teenage and young-adult life.
Harris is one of more than a dozen ageing British celebrities to have been targeted by police as part of the same over-arching investigation, named Operation Yewtree, which was launched after the revelations about Savile emerged.
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