Linda Nolan On Rolf Harris Abuse

Singer Linda Nolan has told 'Good Morning Britain' that she feels Rolf Harris’ prison sentence was maybe too soft and she hopes that by speaking out about her experience with the TV personality, others will be encouraged to do so.

Linda Nolan, Rolf Harris Abuse, Good Morning Britain

Speaking to Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard, the 55 year old said;

“In my opinion I think that his sentence was too lenient and I think that if me speaking out helps other people come forward then maybe we can do something about that.”

Recalling her ‘meeting’ with Harris when she was on tour with him and The Nolans , Linda said;

“We were touring with him in South Africa and I went to the loo before we were going to go on stage, I was in my dressing gown, and when I came back out of the loo, he was in the corridor and he gave me
a bear hug, I felt his hands all over my back, it felt uncomfortable immediately, his hands came around the side, too close to my breasts and then I felt him kissing my neck, I felt his tongue on my neck and I just shouted ‘Stop Rolf, don’t’ and he just, he did stop, but he made me feel like an idiot, [he said] ‘I’m only playing with you’, and of course at the time you think… he made me feel embarrassed, he made me feel like a stupid child and that’s why I didn’t then go in and tell everybody and all of that.”

Before continuing;

“[He made me feel like] I had made a fuss over nothing, don’t be silly, you know, don’t create the drama over nothing”

Being 40 years since the incident, Ben questioned Linda as to why she has chosen now to talk about it, she said;

“When all of these allegations have been flying around and I said to my sister Maureen, I said ‘I bet Rolf
Harris is one of those’ and she went ‘Why?’ and I told her and of course she was flabbergasted and ‘Why didn’t you tell us’ and all of that and I explained to her…”

Before adding;

“I was really nervous coming on today, I obviously don’t want people to think I’m jumping on a bandwagon here, I’ve never believed that any of these enquiries should be a witch hunt but I do feel that if we do speak out and I’m in position to do that, then maybe it will help other women come forward if the same thing has happened to them.”

And on her thoughts on Harris;

“I’d see him on TV and I always considered him a bit of a dirty old man, a bit of a lecherous, dirty old man because of my experience and I thought that was the whole thing of it until of course I read in the papers about these other women, and they explained the bear hug and it was then that I felt violated and thought, it wasn’t me, I wasn’t being dramatic, it wasn’t right what he did and had I maybe not been so vocal, who knows what could’ve happened, I was maybe one of the lucky ones in that respect.”

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- Linda Nolan
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- Good Morning Britain

Written by: TomSouthwell
Jul 7th, 2014, 2:01 am

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Message Posted On Jul 9th, 2014, 2:51 am

I'm completely shocked, this is the first I am hearing about this. I jus thank goodness that My Mother isn't here to see this, as when she was a teenager she worked for Rolf in Western Australia and he was a family friend. We haven't had much contact with him since he moved to England and now I'm greatful for that. I know my Mum was not molested but I feel for the ones that where. He always seemed to be a really nice guy. I guess the old saying should be taught in school, "Never Judge A Book By It's Cover"

Peter in Oz

Message Posted On Jul 7th, 2014, 8:35 pm
Rolf's a pervert. It's sad news but we have to accept it.

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Message Posted On Jul 7th, 2014, 12:07 pm

Well he wasn't exactly young either. He would have been 44 years old at the time fondling a 15 year old.


Message Posted On Jul 7th, 2014, 11:28 am
Rolf Harris wasn't 'old' 40 years ago. She's 55 now, so her calling Rolf a dirty old man just shows how muddled her thinking is. Expect more has been celebs to pipe up about abuse, it gets them on TV.
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