Updated: 06/30/2014 22:42 | By Agence France-Presse

Rolf Harris convicted of indecent assault in Britain

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris was warned he could face jail after being found guilty of all 12 counts of indecently assaulting girls and young women by a London court Monday.


Rolf Harris convicted of indecent assault in Britain

Veteran Australian artist and entertainer Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court in central London, on June 27, 2014 - by Justin Tallis

Australian-born Harris, 84 -- an artist, TV presenter and performer of songs like "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" -- was convicted at Southwark Crown Court after a six-week trial.

He was released on bail until Friday when he will be sentenced. Judge Nigel Sweeney warned him that it was "inevitable" that he could face a jail term.

Prosecutors claimed the star was a "Jekyll and Hyde" character who had a dark side to his personality and used his fame to abuse under-age girls with impunity.

He had denied 12 counts of indecent assault against four female complainants, aged from seven or eight to 19, between 1968 and 1986.

Before his conviction, Harris was seen as a national treasure in Britain, painting public figures including Queen Elizabeth II and appearing on a range of BBC shows.

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