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Aussie women slam Harris

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris in court
Rolf Harris is due back in court in March ahead of his trial over alleged historic sex offences.
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An Australian woman who claims Rolf Harris indecently assaulted her when she travelled to London as a teenager in the mid-1980s will give evidence at the entertainer’s UK trial this week.

The NSW woman, now in her early 40s, is one of four main complainants in the case.

Three other alleged victims have already taken the stand at Southwark Crown Court.

The Australian accuser was 15 when she travelled to Britain in 1986 with a youth theatre group.

The group had dinner with Harris at a London pub and it’s alleged the artist and singer put his hand under the teenager’s skirt and touched her crotch area over her tights.

Subsequently, the prosecution says, Harris cornered her and touched her breasts and put his hand inside her tights.

Back in Australia the alleged victim became depressed and developed bulimia.

In mid-2013 the woman was paid for TV and print interviews in Australia.

Harris, when he was later arrested regarding the alleged sex attacks, argued the Australian woman fabricated the allegations and “may well be motivated by a desire for fame and financial reward”.

At least six other women will also give evidence this week that Harris harassed them in Australia, New Zealand and Malta between 1969 and 1991.

He can’t be charged over the incidents because they occurred outside the UK.

But the prosecution will call the alleged victims as so-called bad character witnesses.

They include an Australian woman who was 11 or 12 in 1969 when she claims Harris abused her in Darwin.

The entertainer allegedly approached her and said: “Come here I want to be the first one to give you a tongue kiss.”

He then rubbed her back and stuck his tongue in her mouth.

Harris is accused of indecently assaulting four girls between 1968 and 1986. He denies all 12 charges.