Rolf Harris and Jimmy Savile used to watch vulnerable patients undress at Broadmoor hospital, according to a former patient. In the aftermath of Harris being found guilty on a range of indecent assault charges, it has emerged the Australian entertainer visited the hospital after being invited by the disgraced DJ.
West London Mental Health said Harris was one of a number of celebrities Savile invited to the premises, but added they were unable to provide specific details. A former patient at the psychiatric hospital claims Harris was shown around by Savile as female patients were undressing for bed.
The pair reportedly watched vulnerable young inmates after arriving outside visiting hours on a women’s ward where Savile is accused of assaulting a teenage patient. Former patient Alizon Pink, who is now a man after having a sex change, told The Mirror the pair appeared as patients prepared to strip naked in the corridor in front of them.
FROM THE TRIAL:
Alizon, now called Steven George, said the pair were “birds of a feather”. Mr George said: “Harris was very famous at the time and had his weekend show. He walked down the passageway of York ward with Savile opening the doors along with a nursing officer.
“Some of the girls came out and there was an unprompted performance of Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport. He then went through to the punishment ward. At that time of the evening all the girls on that ward would have been undressed ready for bed. We all had to get completely undressed in the hallway in front of the staff, male and female, to show nothing was being taken into our rooms.
“Jimmy spends an enormous amount of time at the hospital and is a regular visitor to the annual fete," it reported. "The fete’s other celebrity, Rolf Harris, also proved a big hit too.” Harris’ visit was mentioned in last week’s report on Savile’s abuse of vulnerable victims in the hospital, it was reported.
While it found no evidence of wrongdoing by Harris, the report stated: “We heard convincing accounts of a pattern of inappropriate behaviour surrounding Savile’s attendance on female wards at bath time and bedtime... female patients would be obliged to strip while lined up in corridors. We heard that Savile followed a clear pattern of arriving on a female ward at just before this time.”
The report adds: “Unchallenged by staff, he would then watch from behind, as the row of female patients undressed.” The Department of Health says it is not considering an investigation into whether Harris was involved in sexual abuse at the facility while inquiries into Savile's activities at NHS hospitals are ongoing. Harris, 84, was found guilty yesterday of a string of indecent assaults against underage girls and will be sentenced on Friday.