Rolf Harris, a well-known TV personality in the UK, has been found guilty on 12 counts of indecent assault. The sentence came after a long trial. The conclusion was announced on Monday.
The former star was actually in the middle of a huge scandal linked to this case. The 84-year old artist was in fact a children’s television show host. Naturally, he denied all the counts of accusation, but he was still sentenced by the jury. During the trial it has been revealed that some of his victims were even 7 or 8 years old.
During the trial, 6 women were in court. One of them said that she was abused by Rolf Harris at the age of 11 or 12. She claimed that Harris told her that he wanted to teach her how to tongue kiss. Another woman who testified in trial said that she was abused by the star at the age of 15. “I was absolutely petrified, I wanted to scream but I didn’t. I knew that what he had done was wrong. I was embarrassed as well but I didn’t want to tell anyone that he touched me,” the woman said during her testimonial.
Moreover, during the trial it has been said that the famous artist and television presenter had a dark side, which made him use his fame to abuse underage girls.
After the announcement of the verdict, there were absolutely no comments made by Rolf Harris or his family. The court found him guilty, but the exact sentence will only be announced on Friday. The star’s wife, daughter and niece were in court to show their support for Rolf. Throughout this entire time, Rolf Harris has claimed to be innocent.
The verdict was announced by the jury after no less than 8 days of deliberating. The judge went to thank the jury, saying that they behaved in an exemplary way. Reports indicated that Rolf Harris’ family was extremely shocked with the verdict. The star’s wife was seen with a tissue in her hand as the verdict was announced.