The 86-year-old is also accused of groping a blind woman after a charity appearance at an eye hospital as part of eight historic sex attacks involving seven female victims over a 30-year period.
Jurors heard Harris carried out his “brazen” offences in public from 1971 until 2004 and his youngest alleged victim was just 12 years old.
Prosecutor Jonathan Rees told the jury: “Most of the behaviour complained of falls into a broad category that might be described as unwanted groping, and includes, for example, grabbing or touching breasts over clothing, or slipping a hand up or into a skirt to touch the vaginal area.”
Southwark Crown Court heard Harris is currently serving a sentence in Stafford Prison for a series of indecent assault offences carried out on four female victims.CELEB: Entertainer Rolf Harris is accused of sex assaults involving seven victims
“One notable feature of the case is that none of these assaults is alleged to have happened in private”
Prosecutor Jonathon Rees
Harris “continues to maintain his innocence” regarding the previous offences, and has pleaded not guilty to seven fresh count of indecent assault and one alternative charge of sexual assault.
The prosecution claim each of the new victims contacted cops or the NSPCC after the “widespread publicity” surrounding the first trial.
In 1971 Harris allegedly pulled a 14-year-old girl on to his lap and stuck his hand up her skirt during a youth music event as her father stood nearby at London’s Lyceum theatre.
Jurors heard that six years later Harris inappropriately touched a 12-year-old during an autograph signing after the entertainer did a radio interview in Portsmouth.
Harris attacked the 27-year-old blind woman after taking his wobble board and didgeridoo to an appearance at the Moorfields Eye Hospital in City Road, Finsbury, it is claimed.
She claims the silver-haired cartoonist told her “Has anyone told you what a good-looking woman you are?” before he ‘”began slobbering all over her” and fondled her breasts for 10 minutes in September 1977.DENIAL: Rolf Harris denies all eight charges against him
Mr Rees said: “One notable feature of the case is that none of these assaults is alleged to have happened in private; all appear, so it is alleged, to have occurred in public settings when there were other people in the near vicinity.
“And it may be that you will want to consider whether Mr Harris’s celebrity status played any part in making him apparently so brazen in what it is alleged that he did.”
Harris, who in a legal first is appearing in court via video link, watched quietly as the prosecution opened the case against him.
In December last year, Judge Alistair McCreath ruled that the entertainer would not have to attend proceedings in person because of his age and health.
Harris denies all the offences against him and the trial continues
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