Rolf Harris is being stripped of his honours across Australia after being found guilty of child sex offences.
Harris was convicted of 12 charges of indecently assaulting four girls in the UK between 1968 and 1986 after a London jury reached a unanimous verdict yesterday.
Now the entertainer’s legacy is in jeopardy in Australia and around the world.
Harris has become the first musician to be kicked out of the ARIA Hall of Fame, arguably the highest honour for an Australian musician.
In Sydney, Madame Tussauds didn’t wait for the guilty verdict to remove Harris’s wax figure.
“The wax figure of Rolf Harris was removed from display in mid-May due to guest feedback relating to the continued inclusion of this figure,” a spokesman told The Newsroom.
“Our overall objective must always be to ensure that our guests have an enjoyable experience with us, so we therefore decided to remove the figure from display.”
The council in Harris’ hometown of Perth will discuss the option of tearing up a footpath plaque installed in his honour, and removing artworks from Perth’s Modern School, where he attended from 1943-1947.
However Bassendean Council’s CEO Bob Jarvis told The Newsroom nothing had been removed yet, except for a photograph.
“That was taken down because it was right in the council chamber and there were a number of visitors to the town who asked why that photo was being displayed because of the trial,” Mr Jarvis said.
“Council decided it would reserve its decision on anything else until after the trial and they’re meeting tomorrow night to make a decision.”
It isn’t only his Australian reputation that has been jeopardised.
In the UK, Harris will lose his British Academy of Film and Television Arts fellowship, awarded to him in 2012. His official honours are also under threat, with the possible revocation of his MBE (member), OBE (order) and CBE (Commander of the British Empire).
Harris may also lose his Order of Australia awards. – Melisa Alic and Payal Rishisen
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