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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Harris 'got a thrill from abusing girl', court is told

Margaret Davis and Ellen Branagh

Published 13/05/2014 | 02:30

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Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris arrives with daughter Bindi (left), wife Alwen and niece Jenny (right) at Southwark Crown Court, London where where he faces charges of alleged indecent assaults on under-age girls. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 12, 2014. The 84-year-old denies 12 counts of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986. See PA story COURTS Harris. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris arrives with daughter Bindi (left), wife Alwen and niece Jenny (right) at Southwark Crown Court, London where where he faces charges of alleged indecent assaults on under-age girls. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 12, 2014. The 84-year-old denies 12 counts of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986. See PA story COURTS Harris. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris arrives with daughter Bindi (left) and wife Alwen at Southwark Crown Court, London where he faces charges of alleged indecent assaults on under-age girls. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 12, 2014. The 84-year-old  denies 12 counts of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986. See PA story COURTS Harris. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris arrives with daughter Bindi (left) and wife Alwen at Southwark Crown Court, London where he faces charges of alleged indecent assaults on under-age girls. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 12, 2014. The 84-year-old denies 12 counts of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986. See PA story COURTS Harris. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Rolf Harris in the dock at Southwark Crown Court, London as a witness gives evidence behind a curtain watched by the judge, Mr Justice Sweeney. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 12, 2014. The 84-year-old denies 12 counts of indecent assaults on under-aged girls between 1968 and 1986. See PA story COURTS Harris. Photo credit should read: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Rolf Harris in the dock at Southwark Crown Court, London as a witness gives evidence behind a curtain watched by the judge, Mr Justice Sweeney. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 12, 2014. The 84-year-old denies 12 counts of indecent assaults on under-aged girls between 1968 and 1986. See PA story COURTS Harris. Photo credit should read: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

Rolf Harris carried out a string of indecent assaults on a teenage friend of his daughter – on one occasion even abusing her while the pair shared a bedroom – a British court heard yesterday.

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The woman, who claims the veteran entertainer began abusing her when she was 13, said he appeared to get "a thrill" out of carrying out assaults while his own daughter was present.

She told London's Southwark Crown Court that she kept the alleged abuse secret for years, frightened that nobody would believe her, but finally confessed to her parents in her late 20s.

She later told Harris's daughter Bindi when the star's daughter asked her: "Has he touched you?", the court was told.

Harris is accused of 12 counts of indecent assault – seven of which relate to the woman – between 1968 and 1986.

Hawaii

Giving evidence from behind a curtain, the woman told the court that Harris first abused her during a holiday in Hawaii when she was 13, giving her a "creepy" hug before putting his fingers inside her.

She said that as she stood in a towel during the trip in 1978: "He just came over and gave me one of his big hugs and tickles."

She said the way Harris embraced her was "a bit creepy".

The woman outlined a series of alleged indecent assaults carried out by the star in his home, and in hers – even when her parents were downstairs.

She said Harris appeared to get "a thrill" out of indecently assaulting her while his daughter Bindi was asleep in the same room.

Harris remained impassive as the alleged victim gave evidence, while his wife Alwen also showed no visible emotion.

The court heard that the performer also masturbated in front of the alleged victim.

The trial was adjourned until today.

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