Rolf Harris was the man arrested as part of the inquiry into historical allegations of sexual offences.

(43 Posts)
StealthOfficialCrispTester Fri 19-Apr-13 09:04:38

story here

dotnet Mon 22-Apr-13 06:36:40

Well, edam, Wilfred D'eath has been released without charge and the police collared him and he was under investigation for quite a while. He worked with Jimmy Savile as a producer I think. Apparently, as with Wilfred D'eath, in Rolf Harris's case, one allegation was made by one individual. In W D's case it was decided there were no proper grounds to prosecute. I hope the same will happen with Rolf.

edam Sun 21-Apr-13 11:57:47

I was so disappointed to hear this. Not Rolf surely...? Seems like every male entertainer from the 70s is being rounded up.

Clearly if he has done something terribly wrong I hope he does face justice, but I really hope this is a mistake.

StealthOfficialCrispTester Sun 21-Apr-13 11:09:19

I am confused by a lot of these posts but not going any further as I don't want to speculate. but I wasn't aware of Rolf being anything less than golden boy at any point in his career. I always thought he was loved. That said I can't see someone like him having 'groupies' in the traditional way either.
All in all, whatever the outcome, this whole thing is desperately sad and awful

SoupDragon Sun 21-Apr-13 10:34:02

It doesn't need to be "under age" at all though.

FarelyKnuts Australia Sun 21-Apr-13 10:32:32

"slightly under age groupies" being lesser victims then 500internalserver?

Whether or not he has done anything will be decided in a court of law but your post is using victim blaming language and rape myths. Perhaps you need to have a look at the Mumsnet We Believe You campaign information about Rape Myths?

500internalerror Sun 21-Apr-13 10:21:24

Under age

500internalerror Sun 21-Apr-13 10:20:50

Well, had long periods away from home & his family - remember him crying in an interview, saying he regretted that? I'd say that was prob the time anything occurred, if it did so. I think he really wasn't a golden boy at that point! Having said that, I totally agree with whoever said that he won't be in the same league as js. If anything, it'll either be slightly infer age groupies yes - or just turning a blind eye to others? hmm

SoupDragon Sun 21-Apr-13 10:13:55

It does seem that in these sorts of cases it is guilty until proven innocent.

StealthOfficialCrispTester Sun 21-Apr-13 10:03:10

minko, yes I agree, it's annoying that people are deciding one way or another instead of waiing for the facts to come out. But you have done the same!

Feenie Sat 20-Apr-13 21:29:01

I thought from a previous thread the allegations weren't related to children.

Radio 5 were very cagey about this and said they couldn't comment - the woman was a teenager at the time, apparently - but they said on Friday morning they wouldn't confirm whether it related to a child or an adult 'at this time'. confused

minko Sat 20-Apr-13 20:59:43

I love Rolf and refuse to believe this.

That aside - I hate that though he has yet to be found guilty of ANYTHING, this thread has decided he's a 'dirty slimeball' and a 'paedophile'! It could all turn out to be nothing! And the poor man has been vilified at the end of a long and golden career. The shame will probably kill him...

Sunnywithshowers Sat 20-Apr-13 16:23:43

Well, I don't believe he's guilty of anything really bad - not Rolfie, no, no.

I'm not saying anything about Rolf's guilt or not because of course I don't know. But it's not possible to tell whether someone is a sexual abuser just by looking. Unfortunately.

dotnet Sat 20-Apr-13 16:00:34

Well, I don't believe he's guilty of anything really bad - not Rolfie, no, no. It might be possible that a groupie-type made herself available in the '60s or '70s, and Rolf took advantage, not knowing she was under 16. OR - this Yew Tree thing might bring a few people out of the woodwork who want to chance their arm with a spot of blackmail.
But ROLF HARRIS? I believe and really hope the allegations (whatever they are) aren't true. Because I believe he'll not be found to be guilty of anything other than being a nice and funny and decent and cheerful chap, I just hope he can cope with all the stress of the investigation, at his age. Must be awful. Poor old Rolf.

StealthOfficialCrispTester Fri 19-Apr-13 19:13:52

I'm not sure what point you're making mermaid. Has anyone said that this necessarily relates to children?

But I mean, do we even know it was a girl below the age of consent? Just wondering if it could be sexual harrassment or something.

runningforme Fri 19-Apr-13 15:06:16

I used to love watching Rolf Harris as a kid....especially Rolf's cartoon club sad

Thewhingingdefective Fri 19-Apr-13 13:13:13

Sorry, I worded that badly. I don't think the accusation is wrong.

Thewhingingdefective Fri 19-Apr-13 13:07:57

No, Mermaid.

I'm not defending him, but I think the accusation of an inappropriate relationship with a girl below the age of consent is wrong, but not necessarily paedophilia or in the same league as Savile.

StealthOfficialCrispTester Fri 19-Apr-13 12:50:47

No just in relation to yewtree

We don't know it's paedophilia do we?

ShanksYoni Fri 19-Apr-13 12:44:12

It's just so sad.

All of these childhood figures who were a massive part of our lives - suddenly it's changed everything. I'm not really one to go along with the whole "celebrity" thing, but this has really got to me.

All I can think of is watching him on Animal Hospital and crying along with him.

JoshNCaitlinsMummy Fri 19-Apr-13 12:38:46

With song titles such as "Two Little Boys" and "Tie Me Kangaroo Down" I can see a lot of sillyness with be flying about the internet now, but it is still sad that once again, a trusted performer (don't like the word 'celebrity', I don't celebrate them) turns out to be a dirty slimeball.

StealthOfficialCrispTester Fri 19-Apr-13 11:16:24

Yes I think you're right there.

SoupDragon Fri 19-Apr-13 11:09:45

I thought from a previous thread the allegations weren't related to children.

It really is, guess if he does turn out to be guilty it will really ram home the message that appearances can be deceptive

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