Rolf Harris’ daughter has changed her name in an attempt to sever ties with the disgraced artist’s toxic legacy.
The 59-year-old, formerly Bindi Harris, has now taken the name Ava Reeves, as she plans to build her career as an artist.
As Rolf’s only son, Bindi is believed to be a multi-millionaire following the disgraced TV star’s death earlier this year.
A source close to the family said The sun: “Obviously anything Harris does is virtually unsaleable, which is why Bindi works under the pseudonym in an effort to be taken seriously in the art world.
“She’s thrilled that galleries have started to take back some of her pieces.”
Harris served three years in prison for a series of indecent assaults.
Rolf Harris’ daughter changed her name in an attempt to sever ties with the disgraced artist’s toxic legacy (pictured together in 2014)
The 59-year-old, formerly Bindi Harris, has now taken the name Ava Reeves, as she plans to build her career as an artist (pictured together in 1967).
He died of neck cancer and old age earlier this year after spending the last six years after his release from prison living as a near recluse with his wife in their £5m riverside mansion sterling in Bray, Berkshire.
News of the attacker’s death on May 10 and his subsequent secret cremation was revealed after it was registered with Windsor and Maidenhead Council, bringing closure to some of his victims.
In June 2014, Harris was convicted of 12 indecent assaults, after a trial revealed an avalanche of evidence demonstrating his disturbing behavior towards women and girls.
The artist was found guilty of abusing a close friend of his daughter’s for 16 years, as well as an eight-year-old girl seeking an autograph and two girls in their early teens.
Harris had strongly denied the charges against him, which took place between 1968 and 1986, but was convicted and sentenced to five years and nine months in prison.
Upon his release in 2017, he lived as a near recluse, with reports that he was suffering from neck cancer which left him unable to speak, and was seen in a wheelchair when out of prison. the House. A funeral director’s private ambulance was photographed outside his riverside home on May 11.
In a statement released at the time by his lawyer, his family said: “Rolf Harris recently passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends and has now been laid to rest. They ask you to respect their privacy. No further comments will be made.
The cause of death was revealed as “metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the neck” – the medical term for neck cancer – and “old-age frailty”.
After contracting neck cancer, Rolf Harris (pictured during the pandemic) could no longer speak or eat and needed 24-hour care.
His wife Alwen, 91, a jeweler and sculptor, is now in a wheelchair due to Alzheimer’s disease.
Harris is survived by his grandson Marlon, 25, his daughter Bindi, 59, and his wife Alwen, 91, a jeweler and sculptor. She is wheelchair-bound because of Alzheimer’s disease, but the couple, married in 1958, lived together with 24-hour care.
Harris’ health deteriorated in recent years and he was hospitalized during his time in prison when his diabetes spiraled out of control.
“He is in poor health and his decline is rapid. He doesn’t go out anymore and when he does, it’s only with his caregiver,” a neighbor said in 2019.
Harris had not spoken publicly since his release from prison in 2017, but released a statement in William Merritt’s book. Rolf Harris: Special Defense Team Investigator Reveals Truth Behind Trials.
“I understand that we live in the post-truth era and I know that few people will want to know what really happened in the three criminal trials I faced. It is easier for me to condemn and compare me to people like Saville and Glitter,” Harris said.
“I was found guilty of offenses I did not commit at my first trial. This is not only my view, but also that of the Court of Appeal which overturned one of my convictions. I had already served my prison sentence at the time of the appeal.
“I changed my legal team after the first trial, and I was told that if the truth existed, William (Merritt) would find out and he did.
“The evidence he found proved my innocence to two subsequent juries.
“I would be in prison serving time for crimes I didn’t commit if it weren’t for William’s investigation.
“It’s difficult to put into words the injustice I feel.”