Australian-born TV personality and musician Rolf Harris, currently in prison in the U.K. for a string of sexual assaults against underage girls, has written a song accusing his victims of being after his money.
The 85-year-old entertainer penned lyrics to the song in a letter from prison, sending them to a shocked friend who promptly passed them on to British tabloid the Mail on Sunday, Agence France-Presse reports.
In the letter, Harris said his “inner rage has come to the fore,” prompting him to write the song (which he says will have a “country rock sound with a heavy backbeat”) about the “injustice of it all.”
The song includes lyrics like “You’ve festered down there long enough/ time’s right to grab your chance … Clap eyes on a rich celebrity and make the bastard dance.” He also uses offensive terms like “perfumed sultry wench” and “slimy little woodworm” to refer to his victims.
Harris was sentenced to five years and nine months in jail last July after being convicted of repeatedly molesting four girls — including his daughter’s best friend — between 1969 and 1986. The actor and singer-songwriter will soon be eligible to apply for parole, but Liz Dux, the lawyer who represented his victims, argues that the song should be grounds for denying him that right and for making him serve his full sentence.
“I am totally revolted by what he has written,” one victim reportedly told the Mail on Sunday. “He has shown no remorse and continues to think he can treat his victims like dirt. His arrogance is beyond belief. I am devastated by reading this and it will set back my recovery at a time when I am trying to rebuild my shattered life.”
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