Rolf Harris a ‘sinister pervert’ beneath his ‘charming exterior’

Rolf Harris was today branded a 'sinister pervert' by the Prosecution in his sexual assault case, as they made their closing speeches at the trial.

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by Ellie Hooper |
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Sasha Wass QC said that the popular artist and television presenter was an 'arrogant and brazen' man, who had used his celebrity status to 'mesmerise' youngsters and use them for his sexual gains.

Referencing the first day of evidence when Rolf sang a verse of Jake The Peg, Sasha said: 'You can't buy your way out of a criminal charge, you can't bully your way out of a criminal charge, and you certainly can't sing your way out of a criminal charge.'

Rolf Harris faces 12 counts of indecent assault on four different victims. He denies all charges.

'You can't buy your way out of a criminal charge, you can't bully your way out of a criminal charge, and you certainly can't sing your way out of a criminal charge.'

The prosecution were damning in their closing statement, in which they referred to Harris as someone who 'treated women and young girls as sexual objects to be grouped and mauled as he felt like it.'

The four women did not know each other, something which Sasha said only strengthened their case, as each one described a 'similar pattern of deviant sexual behaviour.'

'The chances of any of them making up such similar accusations in the absence of knowing each other is absurd' she added.

The defence are next to make their closing speeches, after which the jury will retire to consider their verdict.

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