22/05/2017 10:51 BST

Rolf Harris Makes First Court Appearance In Indecent Assault Trial

Rolf Harris has appeared in court in person for the first time since leaving jail.

The Australia-born former television star, who was released from HMP Stafford on Friday morning, is on trial accused of indecent assault at Southwark Crown Court.

Harris, 87, denies four charges against three women between 1971 and 1983. Harris, who previously appeared via video link, wore a dark suit and patterned tie as he sat in the dock.

He wore a hearing loop as one of his alleged victims gave evidence via video link.

His niece, Jenny, was watching from the side of the courtroom. It is the first time the jurors, seven women and five men, have seen Harris in person in the court since the trial began.

The jury at Southwark Crown Court had previously been told Harris had already been convicted and sentenced for other offences in 2014. Judge Deborah Taylor told jurors on Thursday: "He (Harris) will no longer be appearing in the court via video link and he will be attending what remains of his trial in person next week." 

Harris was joking when he allegedly asked a young girl if she often got molested on a Saturday morning, his defence lawyer suggested.

The entertainer is accused of groping the schoolgirl, then 13, after he appeared in a broadcast of the BBC's Saturday Superstore in 1983.

Stephen Vullo QC asked the alleged victim, who was appearing via video link: "So it's clear I don't dispute on Mr Harris's behalf he may have said something to you along the lines of 'do you like to be molested on a Saturday morning?' or something like that, but he would have said that in a jokey fashion while maybe marching you up and down the corridor?"

She replied: "No absolutely not."

She went on: "I fail to see, whether it is said to a group or a single child, how that can be misconstrued as a joke in any way."