A London court has heard that Australian entertainer Rolf Harris indecently assaulted a blind disabled woman at a British hospital in the 1970s.
- Rolf Harris faces seven charges of indecent assault and one of sexual assault
- Alleged offences are said to have taken place between 1971 and 2004
- Alleged offences relate to girls and women who were aged 12 and 42 at the time
The 86-year-old is facing seven charges of indecent assault and one charge of sexual assault made by seven women.
The alleged offences are said to have taken place between 1971 and 2004 and relate to girls and women who were aged between 12 and 42 at the time.
Harris, who was aged between 41 and 74 at the time of the allegations, is pleading not guilty to all charges.
Appearing for the prosecution, Jonathan Rees, QC, said: "One notable feature of the case is that none of these assaults is alleged to have happened in private; all appear to have occurred in public settings when there were other people in the near vicinity."
Mr Rees asked the jury of seven women and five men to consider whether it was "Mr Harris' celebrity status" which made him act so brazenly in committing the alleged offences.
The prosecution outlined the allegations from the women, including claims that two girls aged 12 and 14 were, on separate occasions, sexually assaulted in public while seeking autographs.
The jury was also told a blind and disabled woman who was in her mid-20s at the time, said Harris sexually assaulted her at a hospital for an estimated ten minutes, despite her attempts to push herself away from him.
The woman described Harris as "slobbering over her" and "squeezing her nipples". She said she bent the entertainer's fingers back and told him to stop.
The defence is likely to call a key witness who was in the room at the time and does not recall these events.
Mr Rees told the jury of another case where a woman alleged Harris sexually assaulted her when she was 13 after a live TV broadcast. The complainant said Harris said to her as he slid his hand under her breast, "Do you often get molested on a Saturday morning?"
Harris appeared in court via videolink from Stafford prison where he is serving a sentence of five years and nine months handed down in July 2014 for previous convictions.
The seven women, whose allegations fall into what the prosecution referred to as the category of "unwanted groping", came forward to British authorities in the wake of the publicity surrounding Harris's first trial.
The trial could hear from as many as 100 witnesses over the next five weeks.