Rolf Harris, the former children's TV presenter jailed for 12 counts of indecent assault, including of underage girls, is said to have received a huge tax payout after the liquidation of his business earlier this year. Harris was jailed for five years and nine months in 2014.
Harris wound up his business interests during his time at HMP Stafford, which saw the 86-year-old and his wife Alwen pocket more than £1 million in December last year after Rolf Harris Entertainment was liquidated. The business held money from Harris' books and royalties.
A source told the Daily Star: "Rolf is very pleased his business interests have been wound up despite him being in jail and is more than happy with the six- figure sum in tax rebates.
"He's looking forward to carrying on with his life and plans to move house and have a fresh start."
They added: "Rolf is an old man now and that is one of the reasons he wants all this taken care of. He's been able to fund his family and he looks forward to being able to enjoy his final days without any money worries."
As part of the £1m, more than £103,000 was paid to the disgraced star in tax and VAT rebates. The document submitted to HMRC also shows Harris was due to receive £87,776 in book royalties, though not all of this was received. He also received a total of £13.00 in royalty commissions for the period of 1 July 2014 to 31 December 2014, the six months following his convictions on 4 July of the same year.
Harris is expected to be released from prison on 19 July 2019, according to Sky News. However, this date could change after a fresh set of allegations were made against the Australian-born entertainer.
Harris began a trial earlier this year for a further seven counts of indecent assault and was cleared of three. It was later announced Harris would face a retrial for three offences plus one new charge, which is due to begin In mid-May.
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