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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Harris groping claims 'ridiculous', says brother

Margaret Davis

Published 05/06/2014 | 02:30

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Entertainer Rolf Harris arrives with his daughter Bindi (L) and niece Jenny at Southwark Crown Court in London. Harris is charged with 12 counts of indecent assault, and denies all the charges
Entertainer Rolf Harris arrives with his daughter Bindi (L) and niece Jenny at Southwark Crown Court in London. Harris is charged with 12 counts of indecent assault, and denies all the charges

CLAIMS that Rolf Harris groped a make-up artist more than two dozen times in a single day are "ridiculous", his brother said today.

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Bruce Harris (90) gave evidence at Southwark Crown Court via videolink from Sydney, Australia, and said he would have shouted at his younger brother if he had seen him put his hand up the woman's shorts.

Wearing a dark grey suit, lilac shirt and grey tie, he told the court he became the artist and musician's manager in 1981.

Rolf Harris is accused of 12 counts of indecent assault on four women between 1968 and 1986, all of which he denies.

Prosecutors have called a number of supporting witnesses who are not named in the charges, including the make-up artist who claimed Harris was nicknamed "the octopus".

The freelancer, who was in her 20s at the time, said he repeatedly put his hands inside her baggy shorts as far as her hips while making a programme in Australia in the mid-1980s.

Bruce Harris said: "That's ridiculous. He would never do that and I wouldn't let him do that, and he knew I wouldn't let him do that. That's just not possible."

Sitting as he gave evidence, he added: "I would have shouted at him, I would have demanded that he stopped. But it never happened, it would never have been something that he would have done."

The trial continues.

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