The famous Australian entertainer Rolf Harris is, in the true sense, a household name in Australia and the UK. His name, like that of his friend, the major jazz and blues singer Dana Gillespie, has long been associated with Sathya Sai Baba.
As an indirect outcrop of the history-making British police Operation Yewtree – set up in the wake of hundreds of sexual abuse of minors allegations surfacing about Sir Jimmy Savile – Scotland Yard has just sent detectives to Australia to interview an Australian woman, Lauren Martell, who has offered to testify to British police about Rolf Harris, both in Australia and, if necessary in Great Britain. Caroline Marcus, The Daily Telegraph, reports (May 03, 2013
“Detective Sergeant Gary Pankhurst, of the Metropolitan Police child abuse investigation command, another Scotland Yard detective and an Australian Federal Police escort arrived at the Wisemans Ferry home, north of Sydney, of 43-year-old Lauren Martell at 12pm yesterday ….
They spent more than 2½ hours interviewing the mother-of-two and former accountant, who said she first contacted local police with her claims in January this year.
Ms Martell claimed she witnessed alleged events involving Harris at a West End recording studio with her then boyfriend, music producer David Malin, while he worked on the Dana Gillespie album Methods of Release, for which Harris was recording backing music with his didgeridoo.
Ms Martell said as a young woman herself, barely out of her teens, she did not contact authorities at the time because she did not think anyone would believe her.
She has allegedly told friends over the years, but none could believe the beloved children’s entertainer would be involved in any potentially compromising behaviour.
At the beginning of the year – after news broke that an Australian entertainer was being questioned in relation to child sex offences in the UK – she contacted local police and then Scotland Yard.
She said detectives had indicated they may fly her to London to testify if the matter proceeds to court.
Ms Martell said she hoped her going public might encourage other witnesses to come forward and give evidence”.
Because most people will not speak up, Society is paying an horrific price. A ‘civilization’ is barbaric when it shuts up. I think it is good to pause and reflect on the part where Ms Martell is quoted as saying:
“as a young woman herself, barely out of her teens, she did not contact authorities at the time because she did not think anyone would believe her”.
If Ms Martell proves to be a reliable witness, she now stands in the cherishable place where conscience stands.
Harris and the late entertainer Sir Jimmy Savile, the vastly toppled former British national treasure, are prime examples of stars so venerated that any questioning of their morality meets with vast incredulity. Too often, people want the myth, not the truth.
Even when some fans admit some of the most glaring facts about their heroes, they commonly make legally and ethically naïve statements such as: But look at all the good service they have performed for society. Activists in the exposure of Sai Baba have often had to put up with this kind of brainless nonsense.
It is this idolizing of certain public figures that those of us instrumental in exposing a powerful cult like that of Sathya Sai Baba have had – hugely – to contend with.
In short, on this value-warped account – let certain most favoured people be beyond the law. Especially, one’s own favoured gods and demigods.
Typically, the cultists turn viciously on, and libel and persecute, those who raise questions. This, with an intensity all the more ironic when it comes from those, like the international Sathya Sai Organization, who proclaim spiritual aims, and who speak constantly of truth, right conduct, peace, love and non-violence ….
Cultists cover up their own scandals, quite oblivious that many other cults think their own guru or star and version of the truth is the correct one. Lost is any half decent thought of accountability to proper processes of investigation and good citizenship.
Investigators Can Probe Rolf Harris’s Links With Sathya Sai Baba, Target Of Major Serial Pedophile Allegations. Posted by Barry Pittard on April 22, 2013
British Police Re-Arrest Rolf Harris In Operation Yewtree Pedophilia Hunt. Posted by Barry Pittard on April 20, 2013
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: First posted
British police investigating entertainer Rolf Harris over allegations of sexual abuse have interviewed a woman in Australia.
Detectives from Scotland Yard interviewed Lauren Martell at her home at Wisemans Ferry, north of Sydney, on Thursday.
Harris was arrested and questioned in London last month but has not been charged.
He denies any wrongdoing.
The investigation was prompted by the child sexual abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile.
However, the alleged offences at the centre of Harris’s arrest are not linked to the late BBC TV star.
British police established Operation Yewtree after abuse claims were made against Savile, who was one of Britain’s biggest TV stars in the 1970s and 1980s.
He was found to have carried out sex crimes on an unprecedented scale over six decades.
Other celebrities arrested in the Savile investigation include glam-rock singer Gary Glitter and comedian Freddie Starr, who both deny any wrongdoing.
Police say Savile committed 214 offences, including 34 rapes or serious sexual assaults, beginning as long ago as 1955.
The scandal forced former BBC director-general George Entwistle to stand down after only 54 days in the top job.
Citizen Initiative Website of British Kevin Shepherd, author of many philosophical studies, including in-depth analyses of religious figures
Recent Research on the Claims of Sathya Sai Baba Important and extensive website by retired academic Brian D. Steel
Sathya Sai Baba Casebook-Factsheet Facts and Cases with links to more detailed materials to be found on related blogsites and websites critical of Sathya Sai Baba and the Sathya Sai Organization
Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed Blogsite of author and retired academic Robert Priddy. Former head of Sathya Sai Organization, Norway
Sathya Sai Baba In Word And Action Highly organized, main website of Robert Priddy, former Norwegian Head of Sathya Sai Organization
- http://exbaba.com. A huge former devotee database that extends across the years (from circa 1999).
- Excerpt From Public Petition (and introduction)