She’s synonymous with musical theatre, having performed on stage for more than 35 years.
And in The Sunday Telegraph’s Stellar, Rhonda Burchmore revealed she has been a victim of sexual abuse.
The 57-year-old recalled her experience of harassment, at the hands of the late Mickey Rooney and Rolf Harris.
Speaking of her time working alongside the late Mickey Rooney in West End’s Sugar Babies, Rhonda said: ‘I was a victim of abuse. At the Savoy Theatre in London, every night, this little man would come into my dressing room and tell me about his sexual life.’
She continued: ‘He got off on telling me about different women he had seduced or how he’d done it, whether it be Ava Gardner or Elizabeth Taylor… all of his conquests.’
Rhonda went on to detail her experiences of abuse at the hands of entertainer Rolf Harris, saying: ‘I had the old touch up the a*se [when I was performing in Hot Shoe Shuffle in 1992]. It’s a funny thing. Now, you’d say, ‘No!’ – back then, there was no excuse for you to not accept it.’
While other women may be yet to come forward on their experiences of abuse by Mickey, Rolf has been convicted.
Rolf, 88, was freed from prison in May 2017, jailed for more than five years, following his conviction of 12 indecent assaults against children.
However he did successfully appeal one conviction of incident assault after it was overturned by the Court of Appeal.
Rolf was cleared of groping an eight-year-old in the late 1960s after his lawyers presented fresh evidence about an alleged sex attack at a community centre in Portsmouth, England.
Appeal judge Lord Justice Treacy said that a key witness in the trial, a man that had lived in the area of the community centre Rolf was said to have visited, gave a statement that was ‘a fantasy’.
Rhonda is a veteran in the entertainment industry, having performed on stage in productions including Guys and Dolls, Mamma Mia! and Mame.