Rolf Harris was flanked by three plain-clothed security guards as he returned home after being released from jail in the middle of his latest sex abuse trial. One of the bodyguards who helped Harris get out of a blue Ford car outside his home had his face covered with a mask. The entertainer, 87, avoided reporters as he slipped out of Stafford Prison in the early hours of Friday morning but was photographed as he arrived at his 5m property.
Harris – wearing eyeglasses, a denim jacket and blue jeans – exited the car and slowly walked up a set of stairs towards his home by the river Thames in Berkshire. Clear plastic bags containing personal belongings – including an Australian stamp collection, toothbrush, letters and papers – were carried into the house.
Harris is accused of using his celebrity status to molest three young fans (Photo: i-Images Picture Agency) A masked bodyguard helps Harris out of a blue car outside his home (Photo: i-Images Picture Agency) Three bodyguards escorted Harris into his 5m property (Photo: i-Images Picture Agency) Personal belongings are carried into the entertainer’s home (Photo: London News Pictures)
Harris returned home to be by the side of his sick wife, Alwen, 85, who was said to be in failing health in recent weeks. A source recently said that Harris wanted to be reunited with his wife as soon as possible .
Neither his wife nor their daughter, Bindi, 53, was seen outside the home when he arrived. Harris is on trial accused of using his celebrity status to molest three young fans, aged 13 to 16, between 1971 and 1983.
Harris will appear in person when his indecent assault trial resumes (Photo: Daily Mirror) Harris, of Bray, Berkshire, denies four charges of indecent assault (Photo: Daily Mirror) Harris was granted bail following his release from prison (Photo: Daily Mirror) A clear plastic bag containing letters and papers (Photo: London News Pictures)
On Thursday Judge Deborah Taylor told jurors Harris would be granted bail after his release from Stafford Prison. He had been appearing in court via video-link but will now attend the rest of the trial in person.
Harris s trial was not sitting on Friday so he will attend Southwark Crown Court, South London, when it resumes on Monday morning.
A box is carried into Harris’ home after he was released from prison (Photo: Daily Mirror) Two of the bodyguards who helped Harris as he returned home (Photo: London News Pictures) Harris’ bodyguards carried his belongings into his home (Photo: i-Images Picture Agency)
Meanwhile, one of his accusers insisted she was not driven by money as she gave evidence yesterday. The woman claimed Australia-born Harris twice sexually assaulted her when she was 16. She alleged Harris squeezed her breast after he appeared on ITV show Star Games in Cambridge in 1978, telling her: You re a little bit irresistible.
Harris and his bodyguards were not accompanied by the entertainer’s family (Photo: i-Images Picture Agency) Journalists gathered outside Stafford Prison as they waited for Harris to be released (Photo: SWNS) Harris slipped past journalists after being released in the early hours (Photo: SWNS)
The artist also groped her in the back seat of a car, she claims. Jurors have heard she later described him as groper Rolf and a dirty old man . Asked if she had lied, she said: I absolutely have not .
One of the reasons perhaps it was easier for me to tell police is because I have told people over the years.
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She added: I cannot imagine how anyone would conceive of doing this for any sort of kick. Harris, of Bray, Berkshire, denies four charges of indecent assault. The trial continues.
French police have been called to the Louvre in Paris over a security threat after a suspicious bag was found. Video footage from the scene shows police cordoning off an area as people are cleared from outside the world-famous museum. The courtyard in front of the landmark was where presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron tonight planned to celebrate a possible victory with his team.
According to his campaign spokeswoman, the Esplanade du Louvre was evacuated on Sunday “as a precaution”. Police clear the area where Emmanuel Macron will celebrate later should he win the French election. (Getty Images)
The security alert comes as voters across France cast their ballots in the final round of the country s election. Centrist Emmanuel Macron is up against far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen .
The results are expected to be announced tonight. Campaign spokeswoman Pauline Calmes confirmed the reports . She did not specify the nature of the threat but says police ordered the evacuation.
Later Macron’s team said a press room had been set up at the downtown Paris location and 300 journalists who were on site have been evacuated as a precaution. Paris’ police tweeted that the area had been evacuated as a “precautionary measure”. The Louvre already was being heavily guarded after an extremist attacker targeted soldiers near the museum during the presidential campaign.
The courtyard which has been evacuated at the Louvre is outside a building where Mr Macron and his team planned to celebrate his possible victory post-election.