Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London.
Jurors in the Rolf Harris trial have asked a series of
questions of the judge as they continue deliberating in the
complex child sex abuse case.
The jury passed a note to Justice Nigel Sweeney on Thursday
(local time), exactly one week after they first retired to
consider verdicts in London.
"We would like some clarification," the note began, before
going on to query if they could discuss the legal directions
they'd been given "as there seems some confusion".
The note raised five points, including whether the jury was
"to judge each count independently".
Harris is charged with 12 counts of indecent assault against
four girls in the UK between 1968 and 1986.
The Australian's main accuser is a childhood friend of his
She claims Harris abused her from the age of 13 but he
insists the pair had a 10-year consensual affair that started
after she turned 18.
Jurors on Thursday asked: "Is it allowed to stereotype what
the victim should have done prior to an alleged offence
taking place in more than one count or using it against
Justice Sweeney responded by reminding the six men and six
women of the lengthy legal directions he'd given them both in
court and in writing.
They could, if they decided to, consider evidence from other
complainants or witnesses when deciding each indecent assault
charge, he said.
The judge also reiterated there was no classic or typical
response to abuse.
"A late complaint does not necessarily signal a false
complaint any more than an immediate complaint demonstrates
it's true," he said.
Justice Sweeney reminded jurors there was no stereotype for a
sexual offence, a sex offender or a victim of sexual abuse.
The trial judge first asked the 12 jurors to retire just
after midday last Thursday.
At the time he said: "You must not feel under any pressure of
time at all."
So far the jury has been out for more almost 27 hours.
Harris, 84, is waiting for news at Southwark Crown Court
supported by his wife, Alwen, Bindi and a small group of
other family and friends.
Aside from the four main complainants another six women gave
supporting evidence during the seven-week trial that Harris
abused them in Australia, New Zealand and Malta between 1969
The star denies touching any of the women inappropriately.
Harris told the court in late May: "They are all making it
Justice Sweeney has asked for unanimous verdicts at this