Rolf Harris 'slobbered over blind and disabled woman he groped at eye hospital'
ENTERTAINER Rolf Harris "slobbered a
The ex-TV host, 86, allegedly assaulted the woman, in her 20s at the time, on a visit to Moorfields Eye Hospital in September 1977.
Harris is standing trial at Southwark Crown Court over historic sex attack allegations involving seven female victims over a 30-year period.
Brazen Harris would carry out the assaults in public, such as on TV sets and at charity events, because he thought his celebrity status made him untouchable, prosecutors told the jury.
Another alleged victim, a girl who was 12 at the time, says Harris "shoved his hand up her skirt" after saying "let's give you a little cuddle".
The jury heard Harris, with his trademark wobble board and didgeridoo, told the blind woman at Moorfields: "Has anyone told you what a good-looking woman you are?"
Jonathan Rees QC, prosecuting, said: "She put her hand out to shake his hand, but Mr Harris said that he couldn't be doing with all that.
"Thereafter, the victim alleges that he crouched down, kissed the back of her neck and in her words, began slobbering over her.
"She told him to get off, but he put one hand down the back of her skirt while he placed the other under her bottom over the top of her skirt.
"The victim continued to protest and at one point decided to push herself back in her chair to prevent Mr Harris feeling her bottom.
"Mr Harris took off her glasses, telling her that he wanted to see her face.
"Then, according to the victim, he began to caress and cup her breasts over her clothing, squeezing her nipples between his fingers.
"She warned him that if he didn't stop, she was going to prise his fingers off and hurt him; indeed, she duly bent his fingers back and recalls that he was wearing a wedding ring on his left hand."
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.
Harris "continues to maintain his innocence" regarding the previous offences, and has pleaded not guilty to seven fresh counts 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.
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 standing trial 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.