Rolf Harris has been an Australian icon for over 60 years. Even if you didn’t think you know him, you’d definitely know his songs, or maybe as that guy on the Dulux paint ads. The list of his professional accomplishments involve having a self-portrait in the Archibald prize at the age of 17, painting a portrait of the Queen, working for the BBC as an animator, and working with that one dude who didn’t win Australia’s Got Talent in 2011.
Now, after a gruelling trial that involved his admittance to two separate cases of cheating on his wife, and accusations that he deliberately lied to the jury, he’s been found guilty of indecently assaulting multiple young girls between the years of 1968 and 1986. One of the women he was found guilty of assaulting was his daughter’s childhood friend, who he admitted to having a sexual relationship with after she has turned 18. He is due to be sentenced at the end of the month, and the 84-year-old can expect some time behind bars.
It definitely makes this ‘learn to swim’ video from the 80s seem a lot more sinister now.
Harris’ charge definitely leaves a sour taste in our mouths, especially when we look back at some of his lyrics in his most notable songs. Tying kangaroos down? Dudes with three legs? Jake the Peg, you’re tainted forever.
This puts Harris in the creepy old-school performers category with Robert Hughes, and Jimmy Savile, who has one of the most terrifying faces in the world.
Words by COURTNEY FRY who sang Rolf Harris songs in primary school choir and is questioning her teacher’s song choices.