Claims kept from the Harris  jury
Rolf Harris after the guilty verdict

Horrific allegations about Rolf Harris' sexual contact with children and mentally ill women were withheld from the jury charged with determining the 84-year-old's guilt.

Justice Nigel Sweeney ruled evidence relating to six allegations inadmissible in court because they were prejudicial to Harris' defence but did not further the prosecution of the 12 indecent assault charges he faced.

That included allegations that in 1999 Harris jumped into bed with a sleeping 24-year-old woman, who he knew had psychiatric problems and molested her under the covers before getting her to "pleasure him".

Justice Sweeney had ruled admissible the evidence of Australian woman "Miss B", who claimed Harris offered her money in exchange for sexual contact when she was 14 but the prosecution did not bring forward the woman as a bad character witness.

Miss B said she met Harris in 1977 at a Sydney motel operated by her family. Harris was staying in the hotel with his friend, celebrity naturalist Harry Butler. She claimed Harris grabbed her bottom.

"She was writhing to get away and Harry Butler was getting upset at the defendant's behaviour," prosecutor Sasha Wass said.

Ruled inadmissible was an allegation by "Miss G", a woman who claims that she met Harris in 1991 at an art class when he asked her if he could interview her for the BBC. Ms Wass told the court that with the children and camera crew looking on, Harris pressed himself against the girl and stuck his tongue in her mouth.

Another woman, "Miss C", said she was 13 or 14 in 1996 or 1997 when she attended a fete in Harris' village of Bray when he told her he liked her jumper and asked to see what was underneath it while signing autographs.

Another woman alleged she was 20 in 2001 when Harris pinched her bottom while they were being positioned for a photograph at an art fair in Kensington.

The West Australian

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