Vanessa Feltz has hit back at "vile" trolls who attacked her for publicly claiming that she had been indecently assaulted by Rolf Harris while interviewing him live on TV.
After Harris was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for indecent assaults on underage girls, Feltz revealed that Harris had put his hand up her leg - eventually touching the elastic of her knickers - in 1996 during an interview on The Big Breakfast.
She claimed that his wife Alwen was in the room at the time.
Since revealing on Sunday what had happened, Feltz has been attacked on social media by trolls, one dubbing her "attention seeking".
This tweeter apparently decided to wind down after a weekend of the Tour De France by posting some casual abuse
One person, who thanks to the wonders of Facebook was posting under their actual name, said Feltz was a "sad individual" who was "desperate for some money in compensation".
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Describing the incident, Feltz said she noticed "a rustling" at the hem of her dress and felt Harris' hand creeping up her leg.
She said: "I was on live television so I could not look down but I sensed that his hand was at the bottom of my dress and he was slowly gathering the fabric up and moving his hand higher and higher up my leg.
"He was carrying on talking as though nothing was going on, smiling and joking, as he moved his hand further up.
"Suddenly his hand had reached my knee and he was still going up and travelling at speed. I was so shocked. This was Rolf Harris. I could clearly see his wife. How could this possibly be happening? But of course, as he knew perfectly well, I could not say anything."
Vanessa Feltz said she was upset by the response to her claims
Speaking on BBC London on Monday, Feltz said the trolling had been "upsetting".
She described as an "outpouring of misogyny and hatred".
"You think if people react like that, you can see why people don't come forward," she said.
"I'm 52 and I can handle myself so imagine if I was a seven-year-old child, or 12 or 17.
"I'm not saying just if it's someone famous, but imagine if it was your dad, uncle or teacher.
"The kind of reaction I have had, I found so upsetting. I was upset by the outpouring of misogyny and hatred and you know 'who would want to assault Vanessa Feltz'."
There were many on Twitter who voiced their support after she revealed the trolling.
To judge by the vile flak @VanessaOnAir has been getting after speaking out on Rolf Harris, abusing women is a group sport for wankers.
— willshome (@willshome) July 7, 2014
— Dougie Brimson (@dougiebrimson) July 7, 2014
@VanessaOnAir Thing people's responses have been appalling. What happened to you was WRONG and is never your fault. Stay strong xx
— Predominantly Print (@PredominantlyP) July 7, 2014
As well as Feltz, singer Linda Nolan has also claimed she was assaulted by Harris.
She claimed she was just 15 and on tour with her sisters when Harris groped her breasts in a corridor.
The star, 55, said she was in a dressing gown and was on her way to get ready for a performance when the disgraced entertainer pounced on her backstage at the concert in South Africa in 1975.
She said: "He suddenly came out of nowhere and in seconds his hands were all over me.
"He came right up to me and got me in a huge bear hug. His arms were all over my back, right around me so his hands were touching the sides of my breasts.
"He rubbed up and down and started kissing and licking the back of my neck."
Nolan said Harris eventually stopped, but she was left feeling "dumbstruck" and "humiliated" at the alleged attack.
Both women waived their legal right to anonymity to reveal the alleged abuse.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said police did not comment on the identity of alleged victims of sex assaults.
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