Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court in central
London. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Rolf Harris stood unmoving in the glass-walled dock of a
London court as graphic details of a string of indecent
assaults he is alleged to have committed against four teenage
girls were read out.
The veteran entertainer, aged 84, rested his hands on a
wooden bench and listened intently as a clerk listed the 12
charges for the first time before a jury.
Justice Nigel Sweeney subsequently told the six men and six
women of the jury that they would learn a lot more about the
That's when prosecutor Sasha Wass QC delivers her opening
address at Southwark Crown Court.
Harris, dressed in a light blue suit, striped pink shirt and
red tie, used a hearing loop as the charges were read out.
The first count dates back to the late 1960s, when it's
alleged Harris indecently touched a girl aged seven or eight.
The court heard in 1975 Harris assaulted another victim aged
14 "by rubbing her buttocks".
Another victim was aged between 12 and 15 in the late 1970s
and early 1980s when Harris allegedly touched her indecently.
In 1984, when the complainant was 19, it's alleged Harris
indecently assaulted her.
The final victim was aged 14 when she was allegedly
indecently assaulted in May 1986.
Harris has pleaded not guilty to all 12 counts.
Justice Sweeney explained to the jury members their job was
to eventually reach true verdicts.
"It is your duty to try the case on the evidence you hear in
the courtroom and nowhere else," he said.
The judge said they shouldn't be influenced by external
matters, including any media reports.
Earlier, Harris arrived at court again accompanied by his
wife, Alwen, daughter Bindi, and niece Jenny.
They were protected by private security guards.
Asked how he was feeling on his way into the building Harris
told AAP: "Good."
The trial, which is expected to run until late June,