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Monday, May 13, 2013

New allegations against Rolf Harris

Sydney Bank Manager and mother of three Tonya Lee 42, has come forward claiming she was touched inappropriately by Rolf Harris on two separate occasions on the same night, while on tour with the entertainer in the UK. 

She was 14 at the time and said the incidents happened the night her theatre group met him for dinner in a London pub.  "The hand he had on me sort of moved around across my thigh because my legs were on the outside of his legs, and that's when he moved his hands up my skirt" she said in an interview with Channel 9 that will air tonight.

Miss Lee contacted Scotland Yard detectives when she learned they were in Australia speaking with witnesses about Rolf Harris.

Another woman, Lauren Martell said that although she wasn't a victim herself, she witnessed an alleged "incident" involving Harris at a London recording studio 20 years ago.

On November 29 last year, Harris was interviewed by police after they searched his home while he was out of the country and took away his computer and other personal items.  On March 28 this year, police formally arrested him for undisclosed "suspicion of sexual offences" and he was released on bail.

Harris has lived in the UK for more than 50 years yet likes to be identified as an Australian.  In the 60's, his hit song Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport set him on the road to success and he's never looked back.

The allegations have had a devastating effect on Harris and his wife of 50 years, Alwen Hugh, a Welsh sculptress and jeweller.  She almost fainted at a function held at Australia's High Commission in London soon after the story hit the front pages last year. Harris broke from a news conference and rushed to his wife's side to hold her up after she began to feel faint.

Harris has friends in high places, he did paint the Queen afterall.  The British press has taken a shot at his high profile lawyers, Harbottle and Lewis, the same lawyers used by the royal family.  They allegedly sent threatening emails, warning editors to be careful what they said about their client.

But as more women come forward, even the Queen's lawyers may not be able to save him.