Rolf Harris has been publicly humiliated for his infidelities during a court case for alleged sex crimes that has seen the prosecution attempt to destroy his reputation, a jury was told today.
The 84-year-old has been tarnished by accusations of abuse where the prosecution has got the dates wrong and the case against him cannot be proved, said his barrister Simon Ray.
Mr Harris faces 12 counts of indecent assault and his trial has heard that he had two extra-marital affairs, including with his daughter's best friend.
The friend claims she was 13 when she was first abused by the entertainer, while Harris claims nothing happened until she was over 18.
"He has been punished for his infidelity by, effectively, public humiliation," Mr Ray told the jury at Southwark Crown Court.
"Everyone has a private life, everyone has a side to their personality that they only reveal to those that know them intimately, and, to be honest, maybe not anyone.
Video: Rolf Harris leaves court
"You have heard that he has done things in his 84 years that he is ashamed of or regrets.
"Destroying Mr Harris's good name seems to have been essential to the prosecution case."
Mr Ray was giving the final speech in place of Mr Harris's lead barrister who the court heard was too unwell and had to go to hospital last week.
Referring to the allegations against the entertainer, Mr Ray said that one alleged attack on a girl aged about eight happened at an event in Havant at the height of his fame, but there was no record of it anywhere in local media.
Rolf Harris: A life in pictures
Rolf Harris: A life in pictures
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Rolf Harris in 'Stars on Sunday' TV Programme (1969 -1979)
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Rolf Harris and his daughter painting a wall together, 1967
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Rolf Harris on the 'Rolf Harris Show', 1973
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Rolf Harris in 1968
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Rolf Harris smiles during the 'The Rolf Harris Show' in 1973
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Rolf Harris with art book he wrote for children in London, 1978
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Australian entertainer Rolf Harris gets ready to blow his didgeridoo to promote a concert at Central Hall, Westminster, staged to raise money for research into cancer in children at the Royal Marsden Hospital.
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Rolf Harris sketches a picture of Bambi, 1986
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Rolf Harris and his wife at the David Frost's Society Party in London, 2001
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Rolf Harris performing at Glastonbury 2010
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Rolf Harris performs in 'The Rolf Harris Show' in 1973
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"Rolf Harris" book signing in London, 2010
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Rolf Harris with his portrait of the Queen at a London art gallery in 2010
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Rolf Harris at the Daily Mirror's Pride Of Britain Awards 2012 in London
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Rolf Harris and his wife Alwen attend the Press & VIP preview at The Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, 2010
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Rolf Harris surrounded by media leaves City of Westminster Magistrates Courts in London, 2013
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Entertainer Rolf Harris and his wife Alwen Hughes (L) arrive at Southwark Crown Court in central London, 6 May, 2014
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Rolf Harris is surrounded by members of the media as he leaves Westminster Magistrates Court, in central London, 2013
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Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London, 27 June 2014
The woman complained that he touched her when she queued up for an autograph after Mr Harris performed his number one hit Two Little Boys at a community centre.
Mr Ray said: "The reality is that there is no evidence from any independent source that the event that described took place."
Mr Harris denies the charges that span 18 years from 1968.
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