One of the genuinely nice moments in my memory bank of my early days was the half-hour I spent backstage at the old Cave Supper Club in Vancouver engaged in a delightful conversation with Australian entertainer par excellence, Rolf Harris. Felt privileged to be in the company of such a talented man who was already gaining note for the hilarious Tie Me Kangaroo Down.
Harris was a Vancouver favorite. Hung out in my home town for a few years after departing Oz. He even offered a local favorite song called, appropriately enough, Vancouver Town.
He departed Vancouver for the brighter lights and increased creative opportunities of the UK where he continued with music, comedy, a lot of television broadcasts and as a painter of note. A genuine renaissance man much to be admired. In fact, he even got the Queen to sit for a painting that was a delight to the Royals. They loved Rolf. They loved him so much that they gave him an integral role in the Jubilee festivities.
And then I read this:
“Rolf Harris has been charged with 13 offences under Operation Yewtree, including nine counts of indecent assault and four counts of making indecent images of a child last year.
The 83-year-old Australian entertainer, who had a long career in British children’s TV in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, is accused of three counts of indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl in 1986 and six of indecently assaulting a girl aged between 15 and 16 from 1980 to 1981. He is also charged with four counts of making indecent images of a child between March and July 2012.
Harris, who will appear at Westminster magistrates court on 23 September, was initially interviewed under caution on 29 November last year under the Operation Yewtree investigation into alleged sexual offences by Jimmy Savile and others. He was then arrested on 28 March and bailed pending further inquiries.”
Now, serial rapist, pedophile, and world-class creep Jimmy Savile (I never undersetood why anybody liked him) I could get. Made my skin crawl. But Rolf Harris? Beloved Rolf Harris?
I seriously hope they’re wrong.
For your enjoyment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWCY7SrnEP8