Rolf Harris released from Stafford Prison ahead of court appearance


Rolf Harris has been released from prison after serving just three years of his sentence.

The Australian former TV star, 87, has been appearing by videolink at Southwark Crown Court in London where he is on trial accused of indecent assault.

Harris has been appearing by videolink at his trial in Southwark Crown Court on four charges of groping teenage girls in 1971, 1978 and 1983.

The jury of seven women and five men has been told Harris was due to be released on Friday, and an application for bail relating to his ongoing trial had been approved.

Harris is accused of having an "appetite" for abusing girls, allegedly touching a 13-year-old's breast after filming children's TV programme Saturday Superstore in 1983.

"She said she had been groped by Rolf in a taxi", he told the court.

Judge Deborah Taylor said granting Harris bail should not impact the decision on the current charges.

But she said she felt empowered by Harris' conviction and began to feel "I might be vindicated".

"I do feel strongly that men like Harris shouldn't get away with it".

Harris has been permitted to appeared by video-link from the jail for the first week of his trial on account of his age and state of health.

She said her sister did not believe Harris had assaulted her.

The jury has not been told why Harris was in prison or how long he served.

Harris is accused of indecently assaulting three teenagers in the 1970s and 1980s.

The 87-year-old - who was pictured this morning stepping out of a vehicle back at his £5million home in Bray, Berkshire - went on trial on Monday accused of using his fame to molest three schoolgirls.