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Paedophile Rolf Harris sued for alleged sexual assault

A woman is suing convicted paedophile and disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris for alleged sexual assault in 1982 when she was 10 years old.

Mar 03, 2023, updated Mar 03, 2023
Rolf Harris, 92, is the subject of a new TV documentary. (Image: AAP)

Rolf Harris, 92, is the subject of a new TV documentary. (Image: AAP)

In a statement of claim seen by AAP, Harris, 92, is listed as one of three defendants along with the State of Victoria and child welfare organisation OzChild.

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, acting for the woman who cannot be named for legal reasons, claim Harris molested her while she was in foster care at a camp on the Mornington Peninsula, in Victoria’s southeast.

The pair allegedly met after Harris performed at Camp Manyung and he was helping remove wax from her clothing on a bench when the alleged incident occurred.

Harris is accused of lifting up her skirt at the back and sexually assaulting her.

“The plaintiff tried to call out and scream and she then ran away. The plaintiff told a staff member at the camp about the abuse but Rolf Harris called the plaintiff a liar,” the documents filed in the Supreme Court of Victoria said.

Harris then left the camp.

The woman further claims she was molested in separate incidents while under the care of the State of Victoria and OzChild.

She says suffered severe mental health and substance abuse issues as a result of the alleged assaults and is seeking damages and costs.

In 2013, Harris was arrested in the UK and later charged with the indecent assault of four underage girls dating back to the 1980s.

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He was jailed in 2014 for five years and nine months.

After three years behind bars, he was released in 2017 while facing a second trial for seven more charges. Acquitted on three, the jury was hung on four.

The case was retried for three of the undecided offences, but the jury was still unable to reach a verdict, the prosecution decided against another trial, and Harris was a free man.

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