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‘Rolf Harris sexually abused terrified teenage victim while his own daughter Bindi slept just feet away in the SAME room’
- Harris, 84, faces 12 charges of indecent assault on four alleged victims
- Alleged sex attacks, which he denies, took place between 1968 and 1986
- A friend of his daughter tells court she was first abused by him on holiday
- She said Harris waited outside a shower and then touched her intimately
- Harris later groped her after she left the sea in swimwear, she said
- Years later he admitted to her: ‘That bikini always turned me on’, jury told
- Harris abused her while his daughter Bindi slept feet away, court heard
- Attacks spanned 16 years and she drank ‘shed loads’ to cope, she said
- Went to police in 2012 after seeing him on TV at Queen’s Jubilee concert
Rolf Harris abused a teenage girl while his daughter slept in the same room, a court heard today.
One of the star’s alleged victims told a jury the 84-year-old entertainer got ‘a thrill’ out of indecently assaulting her while his own child Bindi was feet away.
Describing how he abused her she said: ‘He didn’t feel inhibited, I think he got a thrill out of it’.
Asked why she thought this, she said: ‘By the look on his face, looking over at Bindi and just carrying on.’
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Giving evidence from behind a curtain today, the woman claimed that 84-year-old Harris – who is accused of a string of indecent assaults between 1968 and 1986 – first abused her during a dream family holiday to Hawaii and Australia when became a teenager.
The assaults went on for 16 years, transforming a happy child from a loving family into a binge-drinking teenager who would need consume ‘shed loads of gin’ before she faced Harris to stop any panic attacks, the court heard.
On the first occasion Harris allegedly touched her intimately at 13 after giving her a hug on the holiday she had begged her parents to go on with her close friend Bindi, Harris’ daughter.
She said: ‘I was alone when I went for the shower. When I came out I was wearing a wrapround.
‘Rolf was there. I was surprised He just came over to me and gave me one of his hugs and tickles.’
On this occasion he went on to touch her intimately, she told the court.
The woman also said how ‘creepy’ Harris allegedly molested her as she emerged from the sea in her swimwear on the same holiday, and told her 15 years later ‘that bikini always turned me on’, the jury heard.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the star, 84, attacked her on several occasions on that break but she was ‘too scared’ to call for help.
She said: ‘I was in a state of shock really. I thought whatever happened it wasn’t good.
‘I pretended it hadn’t happened.’
‘I was an excruciatingly shy child and I just hadn’t got the guts to shout out. I thought if I shouted out it would cause mayhem. I felt disgusted in myself for letting him do it
– Woman who claims she was abused at 13 while on holiday
‘I was an excruciatingly shy child and I just hadn’t got the guts to shout out.’
After another alleged sexual assault during the holiday, she said: ‘I felt disgusted in myself for letting him do it.’
After he did it he behaved ‘normally’ she said. ‘I tried to avoid him but I behaved normally with the rest of the group.’
On returning to the UK the woman said she allowed the abuse to continue because: ‘I was terrified and very shy.’
She said that although Harris was a ‘popular’ TV entertainer at the time, ‘From quite an early age I was scared of him.’
She was ‘confused and angry’ after returning from the holiday and began to drink.
Whenever Harris came to her house she would be ‘very anxious’.
‘My heart was pounding because I was panicky,’ she said.
She drank a ‘shed load of gin’ – around five glasses – before he arrived to calm her nerves, she said.
She stayed in her bedroom when he visited, but he came upstairs alone, the court heard.
‘He came into my bedroom. My heart was booming.’
Harris molested her for ‘about a minute’, she said. ‘I was trying not to go along with it. But I didn’t know how to get out of it.’
It ended when she started walking off and ‘ran down the stairs.’
When Harris came down he was just ‘laughing and joking’ with everyone else, she said.
CHARGES FACED BY ROLF HARRIS
Count 2 – the same offence on a girl aged 14 between January 1975 and January 1976
Counts 3 and 4 – the same offence on a girl aged 12 to 15 between December 1978 and April 1981
Count 5 – indecent assault of a girl aged 14 to 15 between the same dates
Counts 6 to 8 – indecent assault of a girl aged 12 to 15 between the same dates
Count 9 – the same offence on a girl aged 19 between January 1984 and January 1985
Counts 10 to 12 – the same offence on a girl aged 14 on May 31 1986
The former television presenter denies all the counts.
Harris once told her ‘you turn me on’ as he molested her, the jury heard.
‘He was obviously enjoying it. I didn’t enjoy it,’ she said.
On one occasion Harris got his penis out in front of her, she said.
‘It was small, very, very small, and he started fondling it.’
The woman said after a few years of sexual abuse from Harris: ‘I just felt dead.’
She said she never wanted him sexually.
‘I did say no on a few occasions. But he’d just carry on.’
She said she never flirted or made sexual advances at Harris.
On one occasion when she was 22 she accepted a lift from Bray to London from the artist, and claimed he pulled over in his red Mercedes so that she could perform a sex act on him.
He later put his hand down her trousers in front of a young boy who noticed what had happened, but Harris simply denied it and ‘carried on as normal’, she claimed.
The woman also said in one incident at Bindi’s Devon home, Harris walked into her bedroom naked and got into bed with her, before asking her to perform a sex act.
When she left home, Harris sent a ‘vulgar’ postcard to her Norfolk flat saying ‘all I’ve learnt in life I’ve learnt from my dog,’ the court heard.
‘I TOLD ROLF’S DAUGHTER AND SHE WAS FURIOUS WITH HIM – NOT ME’
She said: ‘I went down to Bray knowing that Rolf and Alwen were away and Bindi was there with her boyfriend.
‘Bindi was there and she was in a bit of a state because she thought that Rolf was having an affair with his housemaid, or keeper.
‘She said, “why have you got a downer on my dad?”
‘And I didn’t say anything and she just blurted out, she said, “has he touched you?”
‘So I looked at her and just said “yes”, and she was furious with him.’
Bindi phoned the woman’s mother that night to apologise, the alleged victim told the court, and then she, Bindi and Bindi’s boyfriend stayed up all night discussing it, jurors heard.
‘We stayed up all night really discussing it and talking about it…talking about all that had gone on, all the sex stuff between me and Rolf.
‘She was pretty devastated but she wasn’t cross at me at all. She was really angry with her father and obviously very upset by it.’
It included the phrase: ‘a cold nose in the crotch is effective.’
It also said: ‘If it’s not wet and sloppy it’s not a real kiss.’
The alleged victim told the court that when she was about 28 she invited Harris to her flat to discuss his daughter, who was ‘having some issues with her father’.
‘They weren’t getting on. I thought I could talk to Rolf about it… I just thought he would listen to what I had to say about Bindi and how she felt.
‘We went into the sitting room and I tried talking to him about Bindi and how unhappy she was but he didn’t want to know, he just said, “where’s the bedroom?”‘.
She said Harris had got undressed and undressed her, and forced her into a sex act.
Outlining another incident, the woman said she went to see Harris perform in a pantomime when she was about 29.
She was taken to his dressing room before the show, where he tried to put his hand down her trousers, jurors heard. She wriggled away and sat by the door, but he came over and forced her into a sex act, the court was told.
Later, the woman invited him to her parents’ home in Norfolk to confront him, the court heard.
‘I was angry, but confident that I could deal with him and felt that I was strong enough to approach him,’ she said.
The alleged victim told the court that during the meeting: ‘He was sorry for what he had done.’
She told him ‘that he caused me misery’ and she had feared him as a child and was still scared of him.
‘I said that he had ruined my life. He said, “I didn’t realise”,’ she said. ‘He thought that we were friends, and I said I’m not your friend.’
The woman took him around the village where she was living to ‘parade him around’, and ‘get back at him for what he had done to me,’ she told jurors
Harris later begged for forgiveness from the father of the girl who he allegedly sexually assaulted ‘like a toy’.
In a letter he admitted having an affair with the man’s daughter but said it only started after when she was adult.
The prosecution asked the woman if she considered going to the police at that stage.
She replied: ‘No, I was too drunk, I was too angry, I wasn’t ready, I wasn’t strong enough to go to the police.
She stopped drinking in 2000, she said, and had not had a drink since, but still suffered panic attacks. Of her relationship with Bindi, she told the court they had stopped speaking six or seven years ago.
‘I think she just couldn’t cope and the last time she came up we had a big bust up, about six or seven years ago,’ she said. ‘And that was the last time I saw Bindi. It just became too difficult.’
The woman said that she changed her mind about going to the police when she saw Harris on television as part of the Queen’s jubilee concert in the summer of 2012.
‘I just thought “can’t I get away from this?”…that’s when I decided that I wasn’t going to have any more of it.’
Ms Wass asked why she had taken so long to go to the police.
The woman replied: ‘I was just so scared of him. He was this big man on the telly and I thought no-one would believe me anyway. He is a huge character and I just thought I didn’t stand a chance.’
The veteran entertainer, who once painted the Queen, is accused of using his celebrity status to ‘brazenly’ abuse girls aged seven to 19 between 1968 and 1986..
His wife of 56-years, sculptress Alwen Hughes, sat in the public gallery few feet away from her husband.
Harris, from Bray, Berkshire, denies 12 counts of indecent assault.
The trial continues.
BOMBSHELL LETTER: WHAT ROLF HARRIS WROTE TO GIRL’S FATHER
‘Dear [the father],
‘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.
‘Since that trip up to Norfolk, I have been in a state of abject self loathing. How we delude ourselves.
‘I fondly imagined that everything that had taken place had progressed from a feeling of love and friendship – there was no rape, no physical forcing, brutality or beating that took place.
‘When I came to Norfolk, [the alleged victim] told me that she had always been terrified of me and went along with everything that I did out of fear of me.
‘I said ‘Why did you never just say no?’. And [the alleged victim] said how could she say no to the great television star Rolf Harris.
‘Until she told me that, I had no idea that she was scared of me.
‘She laughs in a bitter way and says I must have known that she has always been scared of me. I honestly didn’t know.
‘[The alleged victim] keeps saying that this has all been going on since she was 13. She’s told you that and you were justly horrified, and she keeps reiterating that to me, no matter what I said to the contrary.
‘She says admiring her and telling her she looked lovely in her bathing suit was just the same as physically molesting her. I didn’t know. Nothing took place in a physical way until we had moved to Highlands. I think about 1983 or 84 was the first time.
‘I can pinpoint a date was 1986, because I remember I was in pantomime at Richmond.
‘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.
‘When I came to Norfolk, spent that time with [the alleged victim] and realised the enormity of what I had done to [the alleged victim], and how I had affected her whole life, I begged her for forgiveness and she said ‘I forgive you’.
‘Whether she really meant it or not, I don’t know. I hope she did, but I fear she can never forgive me.
‘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 that 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.
‘With your permission I’ll phone you in a week to talk to you. If you hang up, I will understand, but I would like to talk to you to apologise for betraying your trust and for unwittingly so harming your darling [the alleged victim].
‘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.
‘Please forgive me for what must have been the most insensitive thing in your eyes – sending the book for Christmas. Alwen knows nothing about all this – at the time – and rather than tell her I signed the book and wrote the platitudes with sinking heart.