Friday 30 September 2016

Paedophile Rolf Harris 'a sweet, honest man': daughter

Kate Ferguson

Published 04/05/2015 | 02:30

Rolf Harris and daughter Bindi Harris
Rolf Harris and daughter Bindi Harris
Rolf Harris

The daughter of paedophile Rolf Harris has broken her silence about her father's convictions to claim he is a "kind, sweet, honest man" wrongfully jailed.

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Disgraced former children's entertainer Harris was jailed for nearly six years for carrying out a string of sex attacks on girls as young as seven or eight.

His trial heard harrowing evidence from his victims who told how the abuse had "haunted" them, with one describing how he made her feel "dirty, grubby and disgusting".

But his daughter Bindi Nicholls is campaigning to clear his name and a petition on Change.org is calling for authorities to "review the case as a matter of urgency".

In a post on the petition's website, she writes: "Rolf Harris is my father, I have known him all my life, he is a kind, sweet, honest man, on stage and off.

"He has worked tirelessly all his life to bring joy, laughter, inspiration and happiness to all he meets. He is a workaholic, work is his priority and he lives to entertain.

"I have never witnessed him being interested in children in that way, EVER.

"He is more interested in getting groups of people singing or telling jokes than skulking off with one person, he is just nothing like the man the press have been portraying him to be.

"All of his dear friends are shocked and desperately upset that he has been tarred by the propaganda out there. He has been swept up in a witch hunt because of his high profile and celebrity! A total travesty at his age."

So far, 217 people have signed the petition.

It comes as it was revealed the Crown Prosecution Service has received a "full file" of evidence relating to further allegations against the 85-year-old.

Prosecutors are deciding whether to pursue further charges against Harris.

Irish Independent

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