Exodus: Rolf’s neighbours eager to move
NEIGHBOURS of Rolf Harris are moving out en masse as the shamed sex offender settles back into his multimillion-dollar mansion in England.
The Australian-born former entertainer, 87, was released from prison in May after serving three years for a string of historic sex crimes.
Now, four houses near Harris' plush private estate near Maidenhead, Berks, have been put on the market, the Star on Sunday reported.
A local source told the paper about one of the families moving away: "The owners are in their 40s and have a family, so there's no surprise in the community that they have decided to sell up and move.
"That's now the fourth house to be put up for sale in the street".
One luxury five-bed pad is up for £2.5 million (AU$4.07 million), and two eight-bedroom mansions are also for sale at almost £8 million (AU$13 million) each.
Another nearby property, a six-bed mansion described online as a "family home", is for sale at £2.5m (AU$4.07 million).
The source added: "Rolf isn't seen out and about a lot, but for parents his dubious past is enough of a reason for them to want to leave.
"Throw in the fans and the press presence and it's not a recipe for happy families."
When he was released from the Staffordshire jail, Harris had carried out roughly half his sentence.
He was slapped with a sentence of five years and nine months in July 2014 after being convicted of 12 indecent assaults against four girls between 1968 and 1986.
A singer, songwriter, painter and broadcaster, Harris dominated the airwaves in the UK and Australia from the 1960s to the 1980s, painted the Queen's portrait, hosted his own TV shows and was a national treasure in both his birth country of Australia and his adopted UK.
The neighbourhood exodus comes a month after it was revealed Harris is plotting a return to television.
The Sun reported the convicted paedophile has told his team to land him a show to help him rebuild his character.
Having starred in shows including Rolf's Cartoon Time and Animal Hospital, he has told family and friends he is "desperate" to work and is "going nuts" at home.
A source said: "Rolf genuinely believes he could still have a career after everything that's gone on. He told his team to find a TV show that he could front or be involved in as a way of trying to reverse the public's horrendous perception of him.
"They've said they will do all they could but in reality he's seen as untouchable right now."
Harris has been a regular on British television since the 1950s, as well as having a successful music career.
He had also been preparing an album of music while serving his sentence in HMP Stafford.