Rolf Harris to be released from prison tomorrow

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rolf Harris is to be released from Stafford Prison on Friday (May 19), it has been revealed.

The former entertainer, 87, will be released on bail as he faces a fresh trial over alleged indecent assault offences.

Harris, who was one of Britain's best-loved TV personalities for decades, was jailed for 12 indecent assaults in 2014 and now faces a raft of fresh allegations that he groped teenage girls during TV and celebrity appearances.

He has previously been following the trial by videolink from Stafford prison, but judge Deborah Taylor has granted him bail for the duration.

Taylor said: "Yesterday following an application by the defence unopposed by the prosecution, I decided to grant Mr Harris bail in relation to the charges the jury are considering. 

"The fact I have granted him bail doesn't have any bearing on the decision you will make in due course.

"As a result Mr Harris will no longer be appearing in this court over the videolink following his release from prison. 

"He will be attending what remains of the trial in person from Monday." 

In the latest wave of allegations, it is claimed Harris touched a 13-year-old girl's breast while filming his Saturday Superstore programme in 1983, and groped a 14-year-old girl who asked for his autograph in 1971.

He is also accused of indecently touching a teenage girl during an appearance on ITV's celebrity programme Star Games in 1978. 

Harris denies four charges of indecent assault.