TV star Rolf Harris writes song in jail, calling sex victims money-grabbing 'woodworms'

LONDON (AFP) - Disgraced veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, who is in jail for sexually assaulting girls, is writing a song about money-grabbing accusers, a British newspaper said on Sunday.

A household name for decades in Britain and his native Australia, Harris, 85, reportedly said in a letter from Stafford Prison his song was driven by "inner rage" about the "injustice of it all".

The television star was jailed for five years and nine months in July last year. He was found guilty of indecently assaulting four victims between 1969 and 1986, including the childhood best friend of his daughter Bindi.

The letter, which appeared in The Mail on Sunday, was reportedly written in February to a friend who was "so appalled at its contents" that he passed it to the tabloid.

"At last after eight months inside, the inner rage has come to the fore. I've started writing a song about the injustice of it all," the letter said.

"I plan to record this the moment I get out towards the end of 2017," he wrote, envisaging a "country rock sound with a heavy backbeat".

The song begins: "Climb up out of the woodwork babe, from 40 years ago. The climate's great in Britain now, for making loads of dough. You've festered down there long enough, time's right to grab your chance. Clap eyes on a rich celebrity and make the b****** dance."

The first chorus begins: "Make him squirm, slimy little woodworm".

One line reads: "Perhaps you believe you're pretty still, some perfumed sultry wench?"

Other lines say: "Get your 50-year-old hooks into his dough" and "Come and join the feeding frenzy girls".

Lawyer Liz Dux, who represented Harris' victims, said they would be "distraught" by the song, which showed he should be denied parole and be "made to serve his full sentence" in prison.

The Mail on Sunday quoted one of Harris' victims as saying: "I am totally revolted by what he has written. 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."

Harris was prosecuted as part of Operation Yewtree, which was set up in the wake of revelations that the late BBC TV host Jimmy Savile had been a prolific abuser.

Other celebrities have been convicted of historic sex offences as part of the operation.

Harris painted an 80th birthday portrait of Queen Elizabeth in 2005 and took part in her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012. He has been honoured by both Britain and Australia, though stripped of his medals since.

As a singer, he topped the Australian charts in 1960 with Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport and the British charts in 1969 with Two Little Boys.

Reports last month said England's state prosecutors were examining a file of further allegations against Harris.