Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Rolf Harris to be released from prison

Rolf Harris to be released from prison

Rolf Harris is to be released from prison tomorrow, a court has heard.

The 87-year-old entertainer is now on trial at Southwark Crown Court over charges of indecent assault.

Judge Deborah Taylor told the jury of seven women and five men on Thursday that Harris would be released from Stafford on Friday after she approved an application for bail on the current charges.

The judge told jurors: "He (Harris) will no longer be appearing in the court via videolink and he will be attending what remains of his trial in person next week".

The trial, which opened on May 15, will not sit on Friday.

Harris, who was one of Britain's best-loved TV personalities for decades, was jailed for 12 indecent assaults in 2014 and now faces a raft of fresh allegations that he groped teenage girls during TV and celebrity appearances.

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The other charge is that he groped the breast of a 13-year-old girl at the BBC Television Centre in 1983 and said to her, "Do you often get molested on a Saturday morning?"

The judge said Mr Harris, who denies all charges, will be granted bail.

He allegedly told the 16-year-old victim she was "a little bit irresistible".

She urged the jury, comprising seven women and five men, not to let Harris' conviction or bail affect their judgement of the evidence they are now hearing.

"Yesterday following an application by the defence unopposed by the prosecution, I made a decision to grant Mr Harris bail in relation to the charges the jury are considering".

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