London • A prosecutor told a British court Friday that veteran TV and music entertainer Rolf Harris got away with brazen sexual assaults on young girls because his fame made him untouchable.
The 84-year-old celebrity is charged with 12 counts of indecent assault on four victims aged 19 or under between 1968 and 1986. Harris denies the charges.
Opening the case against Harris at London's Southwark Crown Court, prosecutor Sasha Wass said the victims "were overawed at meeting Rolf Harris. Mr. Harris was too famous, too powerful and his reputation made him untouchable."
Wass said Harris was a "Jekyll and Hyde" personality who had "a good, talented and kind side" but another side that "gave him the confidence to molest girls knowing that they could not object and, even if they did, nobody would believe them."