Well, let’s not turn this thread into (yet another) “bash the BBC” thread. I know it’s a hobby horse for some but the BBC involvement is only part of the reason Harris and people like him got away with his sexual assaults for so long.
Yes, the BBC were very much at fault, but let’s not forget that it wasn’t just the BBC bosses and employees who brushed his sexual assaulting behaviour under the carpet - it was the TV industry in general - and not just in the U.K., either.
We have seen how it was brushed under the carpet in other TV Channels in U.K. too.
And in other countries too - there was at least 6 women from Australia, New Zealand and Malta who testified about the sexual assaults they had to put up with from Harris during the course of their working life.
One Australian make-up artist working for ABC (Suzi Dent) testified during one of Harris’s trials that Harris kept putting his hands up her shorts and groping her multiple times, trying to pull her towards him, while she was powdering the sweat off his face during filming. His behaviour was observed by all the other people involved in the filming on the set, yet nobody challenged him. She was a young woman at the time but she still remembers the incident clearly.
As she described it, she said
"He was enjoying it, nobody was stopping him. There were men in the studio watching and saying nothing."
Ms Dent felt there was no way she could react.
She felt powerless to respond to the unwelcome attentions of the international star she had to look after on set.
"Rule number one was you don't upset the talent," she said.
"So if I had said something to him or slapped his hand away, which I must add is not what women did in 1986, it was not acceptable behaviour for women to stand up for themselves like that, they had to cop it on the chin."
At the end of the day she mentioned what had happened to a colleague, only to be told, "Oh, I thought you knew, his nickname is “the octopus”. It's hands everywhere and he's fast".
So, it wasn’t just the BBC, or the Television Industry in the U.K., which swept this disgusting sexual abuse under the carpet - and it wasn’t just the Television Industry across the world which condoned it, either - it was covered up in Churches, Care Homes, Youth Clubs and even within groups of friends or families.