I speak about Tonya Lee who just happens to have come out - at the right time - and SELL her story to Woman's Day and A Current Affair. Not only that, good 'ol Tonya even engaged a publicity manager to make the most of it.
It's quite possible that this woman - Tonya Lee - met Rolf Harris back in 1986 as she claims, but of course instead of going to police after her alleged assault, she apparently decided to stay silent, but come back to Australia a changed person.
Well, I ask Tonya Lee.. where is your proof that the alleged assault occurred? It was never reported, never spoken about .. and now years later and after a wad of cash is thrown at you, you decide to tell your story. I fail to see any genuineness in it.
My personal belief (and many others too) is that Tonya Lee is motivated by greed and the possibility of receiving some victims of crime payout should the case proceed, and, in the unlikely event that some form of guilt is found. I would have thought a 'victims' real concern would not be the money at all. I ask the question, why would you go to a victims of crime group first BEFORE even seeing the police and laying a complaint. It's arse about. And in addition, when did Tonya Lee go to the V.O.C. group? Was it 10 years ago? 15 years ago? or did Lee just go to V.O.C when allegations against Rolf Harris became public?
What makes Lee appear to be not genuine is that she decided to SELL her story. You could have quite willingly said "No, I want no money, I just want the truth to be known". Or you could have laid a complaint with police and simply said nothing to any media outlets.
Tonya if you are indeed telling the truth, I think it was a very wrong move to engage an agent and sell your story. That, in addition to going to V.O.C. first makes it look like you're in it for the money, and if that's the case, it makes your own personal case look very feeble and contrived.
In relation to your various obsessive behaviours and eating disorders, how can you totally attribute that to the alleged assault? The disorders and obsessive behaviour may have happened anyway in your life, irrespective of what allegedly happened in your youth.
According to news stories I've read, AND, not wanting to make light of the claims, pretty much you were allegedly touched up a bit by Rolf Harris inappropriately - a bit of a groping in effect. Whilst I'm sure this would be upsetting to a child, it's not the end of the world. Liken the analogy to a dirty old family friend that hugs you a bit longer than they should. Sure it's innapropriate, you can't blame this alleged event as being the catalyst of everything wrong in your life.
Sometimes people like to be the victim or remain a victim. Why ? Because it gives them an excuse to fall back on when things don't work out in their lives. "I never made it to University because Uncle Freddy pressed up a bit too close one Christmas".
If you are indeed telling the truth Tonya Lee .. I commend you for coming forward. It's only a pity that you didn't come forward when the event happened as now your story holds a lot less weight. It obviously didn't weigh upon you too much over the years else you would have taken action much earlier.
And to all the women who'll take offence to this blog, yes, I know I'm looking at matters very black and white with no shades of grey, but that's exactly what a court will do. Courts don't make decisions based upon a person crying in a witness box, they make decisions based on cold hard fact. A defence lawyer will immediately spring forth with "Why did you go to a Victim Of Crimes group first instead of the police? Were you seeing how much money you could make with a story".
Courts have to consider both sides of a story, especially when so long a time has passed since the alleged event. They even have to consider whether the plaintiff is making up the story to make some money. Yes, they do that!!
Most Adelaide people will remember the young 15 or so year old lad who said he was sexually assaulted in the Eastern suburbs back around a year ago by 3 men in a white van. He went on in a lot of detail during his police conversations, to the extent of mentioning there were pipes on the roof of the van. That youth has now been charged with making a false story to police. Yes, it was all bullshit. Now if a 15 year old can do it, why not someone older?
This is why courts and police don't immediately give creedence to this type of complaint until all the facts have been looked at and it's properly assessed because, like the 15 year old boy, there are things happening behind the scenes that sometimes we don't always understand until the whole matter is considered in context.
No surprise really... Rolf Harris found guilty of 12 sex offences.
Tonya Lee still giving her interviews and laughing at Rolf Harris for the guilty verdict. Well Tonya, you're still the same character I think you are (and a lot of other people think you are), and you may have helped bring Rolf Harris down, but people will see through your character. I'm not saying that Rolf Harris is innocent, but I'm sure there has been a lot of twisting of the truth by 'victims' to dig the knife in. The Rolf Harris case was never going to be a fair trial. In most cases, the victims are simply believed because of the old thought "Why would she/he make up such an allegation"? Here's a case of a 13 year old girl reporting an abduction and sexual assault, and only after proper questioning by police, she agreed that she was lying.
Another Australian woman, Nina Becker has got on the bandwagon saying she was abused by Rolf Harris in the 1970's. And of course, it's straight to Seven News to sell her story. Well Nina, you're in the same league as Tonya Lee. What about going to the police and not worrying about selling your story to the news first? Some of these opportunist people really make me sick. You've had years to come good and make your complaint, and only do it now after you "find the strength". You make a claim of historical abuse and it would be impossible for just about anyone to refute it. I say PROVE IT. Where is your PROOF? Oh, it happened 40 years ago? Well tough luck, you should have come out of the woodwork then and made your complaint!