Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris was spat at in a scuffle at the prison where he is serving a jail sentence for sex abuse.
News of the incident at HMP Bullingdon, in Oxfordshire, came as it emerged that the 84-year-old had applied for permission to appeal his conviction for indecent assaults.
A source said a fight broke out in the prison when Harris was nearby.
“Someone did aim spit at him, but he was not spat on, and not physically hurt,” the source added.
A Prison Service spokesman said, “We do not comment on individuals.”
Harris, who was a mainstay of family entertainment in Britain and Australia for several decades, was convicted of 12 indecent assaults on girls aged between seven or eight and 19 in July.
Rolf Harris: A life in pictures
Rolf Harris: A life in pictures
1/20 Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris in 'Stars on Sunday' TV Programme (1969 -1979)
2/20 Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris and his daughter painting a wall together, 1967
3/20 Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris on the 'Rolf Harris Show', 1973
4/20 Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris in 1968
5/20 Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris smiles during the 'The Rolf Harris Show' in 1973
6/20 Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris with art book he wrote for children in London, 1978
7/20 Rolf Harris
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.
8/20 Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris sketches a picture of Bambi, 1986
9/20 Rolf Harris
10/20 Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris and his wife at the David Frost's Society Party in London, 2001
11/20 Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris performing at Glastonbury 2010
12/20 Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris performs in 'The Rolf Harris Show' in 1973
13/20 Rolf Harris
"Rolf Harris" book signing in London, 2010
14/20 Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris with his portrait of the Queen at a London art gallery in 2010
15/20 Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris at the Daily Mirror's Pride Of Britain Awards 2012 in London
16/20 Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris and his wife Alwen attend the Press & VIP preview at The Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, 2010
17/20 Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris surrounded by media leaves City of Westminster Magistrates Courts in London, 2013
18/20 Rolf Harris
Entertainer Rolf Harris and his wife Alwen Hughes (L) arrive at Southwark Crown Court in central London, 6 May, 2014
19/20 Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris is surrounded by members of the media as he leaves Westminster Magistrates Court, in central London, 2013
20/20 Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London, 27 June 2014
One of the assaults was on an eight-year-old autograph hunter, two were on girls in their early teens and he committed a catalogue of abuse on his daughter’s friend over 16 years.
He was jailed in July for five years and nine months for the abuse, which spanned between 1968 and 1986.
A spokesperson for the Judicial Office confirmed that lawyers had lodged papers at the Court of Appeal, and a judge will now consider whether his appeal bid should progress to a full hearing.
Earlier this week Attorney General Jeremy Wright decided that the sentence would not be referred to the Court of Appeal for being too lenient, despite 150 complaints that the jail term was not tough enough.
Additional reporting by Press AssociationReuse content