Rolf Harris to be released from prison tomorrow, judge reveals

87-year-old will appear in court in person on bail for remainder of trial, jurors told

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Rolf Harris is to be released from Stafford Prison on Friday, it has been revealed.

The former television star is standing trial accused of indecent assault and had been appearing at Southwark Crown Court via videolink.

After his release, the 87-year-old will appear in court in person on bail for the remainder of the trial, which opened on 15 May, Judge Deborah Taylor told jurors. 

Jurors had previously been told Australian-born Harris had already been convicted and sentenced for other offences in 2014.

Former Animal Hospital host Harris is accused of indecently assaulting three teenage girls in the 1970s and 1980s.

He is also alleged to have touched a 13-year-old girl’s breast after filming a children’s TV programme and asked her: “Do you often get molested in a Saturday morning?”

He is separately accused of twice groping a third girl, aged 16, after being paid £100 to appear on ITV celebrity show Star Games in 1978, and telling her she was “a little bit irresistible”, the court heard.

He denies four charges of indecent assault against three women between 1971 and 1983.

Additional reporting by PA