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Rolf Harris has been charged

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TensionWheelsCoolHeels Thu 29-Aug-13 11:55:40

Can't link as on phone but just got a news flash saying he's been charged with 9 counts of indecent assault, and 4 to do with indecent images.

ClartyCarol Thu 29-Aug-13 12:35:23

MurderofGoths sorry if I sounded snarky. I just always found him to be really creepy so could never see the appeal or why everyone seemed so fond of him.

Migonette - I think I remember that. Was it not his neighbour's daughter he was accused of assaulting but it was then covered up?

I remember the allusions to RH coming out when the Jimmy Savile furore started.

mignonette Thu 29-Aug-13 12:35:32

Well he is innocent until proven guilty but as I have said, good that both sides can put their case.

MissBracegirdle Thu 29-Aug-13 12:35:42

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JumpingJackSprat Thu 29-Aug-13 12:36:02

Sooo there hasnt been a trial or a guilty verdict. charged doesnt mean guilty.

bootsycollins Thu 29-Aug-13 12:36:39

I get so pissed off at the "it was a different world back then" shite pedlars

MissBracegirdle Thu 29-Aug-13 12:37:28

No he isn't guilty, but how many counts is it? I am glad he will be prosecuted and if innocent, well so be it.

bootsycollins Thu 29-Aug-13 12:37:48

Innocent until proven guilty but there's enough evidence for him to be charged with very serious offences.

Clargo55 Thu 29-Aug-13 12:38:30

Me too Bootsy.

KatyPutTheCuttleOn Thu 29-Aug-13 12:39:15

If he has done it then, well, there aren't words for it. I hope that all this is teaching younger people that there is no point in looking up to celebrities as it is now coming out that so many are alleged to have abused others and some have been charged including some that today's teenagers will look up to and respect.

mignonette Thu 29-Aug-13 12:40:13

Yes but it is legally very dubious to discuss this as though he is guilty and will prejudice the case. Maybe this thread should be deleted because of how it is going?

MissBracegirdle Thu 29-Aug-13 12:40:30

I found out that a family friend was a tv producer on some of the shows which starred people who were being investigated last year.

Talking to dh, I put it out there that the people who were working on the programmes needed to take a long hard look at why they didn't speak up, and that I wouldn't be looking at this man in the same light again.

DH was furious with me. He is firmly of the 'it was different then' school of thought. hmm

bootsycollins Thu 29-Aug-13 12:41:17

It's fucking sickening, I'm wondering whose gonna come out of the woodwork next sad

Those poor girls who have carried this around with them for all these years.

LaurieFairyCake Thu 29-Aug-13 12:41:46

If he's guilty I'm genuinely saddened as I love his art work.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Thu 29-Aug-13 12:42:29

The images last year sounds like an odd thing.

Rooners Thu 29-Aug-13 12:43:22

I am so sorry but all I can think of in terms of him creating indecent images is him drawing some cartoon obscenity on a kangaroo while saying 'can you guess what it is yet?'

This is awful, I know. I shall not comment further, I am very very sorry for anyone affected by this man or any other. It's very sad to think he could have done bad stuff.

ExitPursuedByABear Thu 29-Aug-13 12:44:07

It was the making of indecent images last year that finally did it for me.

hagle Thu 29-Aug-13 12:44:20

"My cousin used to work for a publishing house, she caught Rolf staring at her arse when he came to the office about his book."

I don't think that is evidence of a man being a paedophile!

bootsycollins Thu 29-Aug-13 12:45:33

There's gonna be lots of digeredoo based jokes doing the rounds

AmberLeaf Thu 29-Aug-13 12:45:43

He was the one that I was most surprised to hear about.

I agree that it is best to say nothing about this in case of influencing the outcome of the court case.

bootsycollins Thu 29-Aug-13 12:46:27

I didn't say it was evidence of a man being a paedophile hmm

CiderBomb Thu 29-Aug-13 12:47:13

I'm fucking speechless about this. Always though that Jimmy Savile was dirt old creep, but Rolf! I can't believe it!

Rooners Thu 29-Aug-13 12:47:58

Yes and I am sorry to bring 'humour' into the thread at all - I hate those sorts of jokes. I want to say I didn't intend it like that - it's just so hard to imagine him out of the familiar context iykwim?

I believe the person who was 14 and the person who was 15 and 16. God knows the creepy men I've put up with over the years - I was lucky not to have anything more than a glance or an out of place hand to put up with in my teens.

bootsycollins Thu 29-Aug-13 12:48:30

I know, there has never been anything sinister about Rolf.

Rooners Thu 29-Aug-13 12:49:17

Savile was incredibly sinister. Rolf just seemed normal

How old was he in 1986? Could he have been a bit senile or something?

Rooners Thu 29-Aug-13 12:49:38

Sorry - that looks like making excuses. I'd better shut up.

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