Ulrika Jonsson has claimed she ‘fell victim to’ the late Rolf Harris when she was starting out in her career.
The TV star, 55, wrote in her memoir in 2002 that she had been raped 15 years earlier at the age of 20, as she was starting out in her career on morning television.
She did not report the rape as she thought she would not be believed.
Now Jonnson has claimed she was sexually assaulted by disgraced entertainer Harris, who died this month at the age of 93.
The star wrote in her column for The Sun, where she said Harris had hugged her on their very first meeting which was ‘confusing,’ thinking it was ‘either really flattering or a bit forward.’
‘Then his hand travelled down to my bum, gave it a few squeezes and stayed there for what felt like years but was probably only 30 seconds. But it was long enough for my 21-year-old self to feel deeply uncomfortable, and speechless.’
Jonnson added that she doesn’t believe she is ‘the only who fell victim,’ but 35 years ago ‘we didn’t call anyone out, especially not a celebrity,’ but she would have fought back had it happened today.
The star said it was likely the public will ‘never quite know how many victims there were,’ and titled the column that she is ‘glad vile Harris is dead.’
‘Harris was arrogant and thought he was untouchable. Like so many abusers, he never saw his actions as wrong. If anything, he felt he had the right to touch and violate women and girls.’
Jonnson’s revelation comes after presenter Vanessa Feltz also detailed a terrifying experience she had on-air with him, recalling the ordeal in the days after he died.
Speaking on Tuesday, Feltz, 61, recalled a time she interviewed Harris on The Big Breakfast Show in 1996 and noticed his hand moving up her dress.
Detailing the awful experience on her TalkTV Drivetime show this week, Feltz shared: ‘I didn’t know what to do because I knew that I couldn’t say, “Get your hand off my leg” or “What the hell do you think you’re doing?” or “Get off me” and I also couldn’t jump off the bed because I was all mic-ed up and it’s a live programme.
‘I didn’t know what to do at all.’
It was confirmed on Tuesday that Harris had died aged 93 following a neck cancer battle.
The disgraced star was released from jail in May 2017 after serving three years of his five years and nine months sentence after being found guilty of 12 counts of sexual assault, one of which was later overturned.
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