Extract from letter 'Harris wrote to father of alleged victim'
This is an extract from a letter, read out in court, that Rolf Harris wrote to the father of one of his alleged victims in March 1997, asking for forgiveness:
"Please forgive me for not writing sooner. You said in your letter to me that you never wanted to see me or hear from me again, but now [the alleged victim] says it's all right to write to you.
"Nothing took place in a physical way until we had moved to Highlands. I think about 1983 or 84 was the first time.
"When I see the misery I have caused [the alleged victim] I am sickened by myself. You can't go back and change things that you have done in this life – I wish to God I could. I find it hard to like myself in any way, shape or form. And as I do these Animal programmes, I see the unconditional love that dogs give to their owners and I wish I could start to love myself again.
"If there is any way I could atone for what I have done I would willingly do it. If there is a way I can start to help [the alleged victim] to heal herself, I would willingly do it.
"I know that what I did was wrong but we are, all of us, fallible and oh how I deluded myself. Please forgive me, love Rolf."
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