Monday, May 12, 2014
Rolf Harris carried out a string of indecent assaults on a teenage friend of his daughter, a girl from a Norfolk village, on one occasion even abusing her while the pair shared a bedroom, a court was told.
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.
TV favourite Harris denies 12 counts of indecent assault - seven of which relate to the woman - between 1968 and 1986.
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.
She told the jury of six women and six men: “The way he hugged you and touched you all over, it was cringey.
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.
“He didn’t feel inhibited, I think he got a thrill out of it,” the alleged victim told the jury.
She became anxious and panicky after the alleged abuse began, and began drinking, “swigging” glasses of gin and tonic water when her parents were not around, she said.
The trial continues.