Rolf Harris’s daughter Bindi ‘smashed up artwork he had given her after finding out he had he had affair with her best friend’ while painter admits he ‘lied to police after he was arrested’
- Rolf Harris admitted lying to police, described affair as ‘no frills sex’
- Court heard Bindi smashed up art when hearing of affair with her friend
- Questioned on why he walks in with family every day but goes home alone
- Alleged victim has accused star, 84, of abusing her in her swimwear at 13
- Woman claims Harris said 15 years later: ‘That bikini always turned me on’
- On second day of evidence prosecution asks if he ‘admired her sexually’
- Rolf Harris replies: ‘It did not compute to that in my mind. It’s possible, yes’
Rolf Harris’s daughter Bindi ‘furiously’ smashed artwork he had given her when she found out about the affair he was having with her best friend, a court heard today.
The entertainer revealed he was in Australia when the alleged victim told Bindi.
‘When I came back she had smashed a couple of paintings I had given her. She was furious,’ he told Southwark Crown Court.
Sasha Wass QC (left) asked Rolf Harris (left) if the affair was ‘no-frills sex’ to which he said ‘it was’
The 84-year-old also confessed he lied to police when he said there were only two sexual encounters.
Harris, who has concluded his second day in the witness box, admits having a sexual relationship with the woman after she turned 18, but denies abusing her when she was underage.
Sasha Wass QC, prosecuting, put it to him that it was not the ‘meaningful’ affair he claimed it to be.
‘I don’t suppose it was,’ he admitted.
Asked if it was more like ‘no-frills sex’, Harris agreed: ‘It was.’
The Australia painter added that he lied in the statement he gave to police after his arrest, in which he said he and the woman only had two sexual encounters.
When questioned, he said he was embarrassed at talking about what he perceived as his own sexual inadequacy in front of two ‘attractive young ladies’ present at his solicitor’s legal chambers.
HARRIS ADMITS ‘IT’S POSSIBLE’ HE ADMIRED GIRL, 13, SEXUALLY
Prosecution QC Sasha Wass (SW) today put it to Rolf Harris (RH) compliments he made to a girl about her bikini was actually a comment on her body, and suggested he was admiring her sexually.
Here is the exchange in full:
SW: ‘Do you accept that when a man tells a woman or a girl that they look lovely in a bikini, they are not actually admiring the clothing, but they are admiring the person’s body?’
SW: ‘What you were saying to (the alleged victim) is “You have got a great body”.’
RH: ‘I suppose so.’
SW: ‘When she was 13?’
SW: ‘And you made it plain to (the alleged victim) on that holiday that you did admire her, admire her body?’
RH: ‘On one occasion, possibly.’
SW: ‘And you admired her sexually, that’s what that is.’
RH: ‘It did not compute to that in my mind … in hindsight, I suppose it is.’
SW: ‘It seems from where we are going from your answers to the questions that you admired (the alleged victim’s) body sexually during that holiday.’
RH: ‘It’s possible, yes.’
SW: ‘And, of course, once we work out that you did see (the alleged victim) in a sexual light during that holiday, everything that (she) says becomes realistic, doesn’t it?’
RH: ‘Not as far as I’m concerned, because it never happened.’
He added: ‘I assumed that when they said “sexual intercourse” they meant full penetrative sex.’
Earlier Harris had described how he kept ‘failing’ to have full sex with the woman.
Asked about how their affair ended, Harris agreed when Ms Wass suggested it ‘fizzled out’ with ‘no weeping or recrimination’.
Harris added: ‘Yes, she was aware that it wasn’t working in any way, shape or form. Anything that we attempted to do was failing sexually, yes.
‘I just apologised for not being able to do anything effectively. It’s highly embarrassing for a man not to be able to have penetrative sex.’
Asked why the alleged victim developed alcoholism and appeared to have an emotional breakdown, Harris said he thought it was because she was jealous of the affair he later had with another woman.
Responding to this, Ms Wass said: ‘But this wasn’t a relationship like that.
‘We’ve established that. This was a relationship where you saw each other only eight times in 11 years.’
Earlier, the star admitted he ‘sexually admired’ his daughter’s 13-year-old friend when she wore a bikini on a family holiday.
The alleged victim claims the ‘creepy’ star, 84, molested her as she left the sea in her swimwear in the 1970s and told her 15 years later ‘that bikini always turned me on’, the jury has heard.
The woman also claims Harris groped her on the same dream break to Hawaii and Australia as she walked out of the shower.
Ms Wass asked the entertainer: ‘It seems that you admired (the alleged victim’s) body sexually during that holiday.’
He replied: ‘It’s possible, yes.’
Ms Wass added: ‘And, of course, once we work out that you did see (the alleged victim) in a sexual light during that holiday, everything that (she) says becomes realistic, doesn’t it?’
Harris replied: ‘Not as far as I’m concerned, because it never happened.’
Referring to his behaviour on the trip, when the girl has claimed he indecently assaulted her several times, Ms Wass suggested Harris ‘played with her like she was a toy’.
He said: ‘I would never do that.’
As she began cross-examining the veteran star – who described his guilt yesterday at ‘betraying everyone’ with the affair – Ms Wass said: ‘This case is to decide whether underneath your friendly and loveable exterior there’s a darker side lurking.
‘The issue we really have to fathom from this court is how dark that dark side really is.’
She said the prosecution alleges that the affair was not consensual at all, saying: ‘This was child abuse, grooming, and you effectively psychologically dominated that girl into womanhood.’
The entertainer, who faced his second day in the witness box today, revealed his daughter was ‘furious’
The 84-year-old, who wore a dark suit and red tie and was supported in the public gallery by wife Alwen and other family members.
He told the jury his relationship with the woman who claims he abused her as a teenager stemmed from a ‘feeling of warmth and affection’, he has told his trial.
The veteran TV star told Southwark Crown Court in London that the relationship with his daughter’s friend – which he insists started when she was 18 – was a ‘flirtatious thing’ made up of isolated sexual encounters, rather than a love affair.
The 84-year-old made the comments as he was cross-examined by during his second day in the witness box.
Harris is charged with 12 counts of indecent assault on four alleged victims between 1968 and 1986, all of which he denies. Seven relate to the friend of his daughter, who claims he abused her from the age of 13.
Today he told the court it was a ‘flirtatious thing’ made up of isolated sexual encounters, and stemmed from ‘a feeling of love and friendship’.
Family: Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Crown court with daughter Bindi (left), wife Alwen and niece Jenny (right), where he admitted it was ‘possible’ he sexually admired a 13-year-old in a bikini
Asking him to explain what he meant in a letter of apology he later wrote to the woman’s father after she had told her family of the alleged abuse, Ms Wass accused Harris of thinking he was ‘untouchable’.
Speaking in a low voice, Harris told jurors: ‘That’s not what I intended at all.’
Ms Wass suggested to the defendant that after the holiday, the alleged victim had been ‘pretty much trained’ by the entertainer.
‘I’m going to suggest that you have been pretty thorough in grooming her,’ the QC said.
‘No, it didn’t happen,’ Harris replied.
The defendant, who confirmed he had taken part in an NSPCC campaign to raise awareness about child abuse, said the woman’s mother’s evidence that she recalled Harris going up to her daughter’s bedroom was ‘probably supporting her daughter’s story’.
Asked if he was suggesting the mother was lying, he replied: ‘I imagine so.’
Evidence: Rolf Harris as he was shown a photo of one of the complainants in a bikini during her holiday in the 1970s. The star admitted he had ‘sexually admired’ her but denied he abused her
Of a claim that he indecently assaulted the girl while his daughter was asleep in the same room,
Harris said: ‘She said all sorts of things which if it wasn’t so serious would have been laughable.’
He said the girl’s allegation that he had looked over at his daughter while performing oral sex on her was ‘physically not possible’.
Moving on to the other charges against him relating to other witnesses, Ms Wass added: ‘There are a series of events in this case where you have taken advantage of the fact that you are a well loved children’s entertainer.’
But the artist told the court: ‘They are all making it up.’
The trial continues.
Rolf Harris admits that despite walking slowly into court every day with Bindi and Alwen on his arms they go home separately – ‘it’s to show support’
Rolf Harris admitted he goes home alone every night – despite walking into court arm-in-arm with his wife and daughter.
It came after the 84-year-old entertainer told Southwark Crown Court his daughter Bindi ‘furiously’ smashed up paintings he had given her on learning about the affair with her friend.
Sasha Wass QC said: ‘You have been coming to court everyday, walking slowly into court with Bindi on one arm and your wife on the other’, and asked if they travelled home together.
Harris said ‘no’.
Show of support: Rolf Harris (pictured last Wednesday walking hand-in-hand with daughter Bindi, left, and wife Alwen, right) admitted he goes home alone every night from Southwark Crown Court
Prosecutor Sasha Wass QC accused Harris of coming in with his faimly (pictured yesterday) ‘for the cameras’
Ms Wass asked: ‘So it’s just for the cameras is it? Coming in with them?’
‘It’s to show support,’ he said.
Ms Wass asked Harris if he had paid legal fees for his daughter Bindi and wife Alwen, who were accompanied by solicitors when they attended police interviews.
‘It may have been arranged through my accountant, I didn’t know about it,’ he said.
His revelation came after Harris told the court Bindi (left, today) was ‘furious’ when she learned of the affair
The entertainer told the court that his alleged victim had told Bindi about their affair while he was away in Australia.
‘When I came back she had smashed a couple of paintings that I had given her, she was furious.’
Asking Harris if he had discussed the case with his daughter, Ms Wass asked if he had ‘put her up’ to giving certain evidence, to which he replied: ‘No, no discussions at all.’
Harris was released from the witness box while friend and pantomime producer Paul Elliott gave evidence.
The case was adjourned to 10am tomorrow, when Harris will continue to be cross-examined.
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