Rolf Harris’ victims to speak out in explosive documentary following how TV monster got away with crimes

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A documentary following how Rolf got away with his horrific crimes has been commissioned (Picture: Getty)

An explosive two-part documentary examining how Rolf Harris got away with his crimes and presented a front to the rest of the world is set to launch on ITV, as his victims are speaking out.

Convicted paedophile Harris was jailed in 2014 for five years and nine months for sexually assaulting four underage girls.

These crimes took place between 1968 and 1986. Harris pleaded ‘not guilty’ in court, and was released on licence in May 2017 after serving three years.

In May 2017, he was accused and cleared of four more historical sex offences, and in the same year, one of the 12 convictions against him, which involved an eight year old girl in 1969, was overturned after an appeal.

Now ITV has commissioned a new documentary examining the truth behind how the former national treasure and Australian entertainer betrayed the trust of the nation, and hid in plain sight whilst sexually abusing children and young women for years.

The two-part film will feature interviews with Harris’ victims, the police who investigated him and the colleagues who worked alongside him as Rolf Harris: Hiding in Plain Sight reveals the story of his rise and fall.

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Harris was jailed in 2014 for five years and nine months for sexually assaulting four underage girls (Picture: PA)

Harris’ toxic double life was described by prosecutors during the 2014 trial as a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ character, after he was found to have molested contributors and crew on the shows he worked on for years.

Nearly a decade after the truth came out when he was arrested, Harris’ accusers are telling their story, speaking out about how his assaults became more and more serious throughout his high-flying television career through the 70s and 80s.

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The disgraced children’s entertainer was described as a ‘Jekyll and Hyde character’ (Picture: WireImage)

According to the show release, the two-part documentary ‘will document Harris’ public persona of a non-threatening eccentric who was devoted to his wife whilst revealing that actually, within the industry, Harris was increasingly known as a creep.

Rolf Harris with wife Alwen and daughter Bindi
Rolf lead a double life, married to wife Alwen and father to daughter Bindi (right), Picture: PA Archive/PA Images)

‘Police began investigating him in the wake of the Saville scandal, and discovered that the truth was even darker than that – he had abused his daughter’s friend when she was just 13.

‘The films explore Harris’ remorseless attitude in court and his wife and daughter’s decision to stand by him. What does his story say about the nature of historical child abuse, and would he have been uncovered were it not for Saville?’

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Harris first found fame in the 1960s after the releasing hit song Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport.

He then moved to the UK and became a TV star, presenting a children’s art show on the BBC.

The convicted paedophile was stripped of his CBE in 2015, having already been stripped of his Australian honours as well as having his Bafta fellowship revoked in light of his crimes.

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