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Rolf Harris ‘put his hand up teen’s skirt’, court hears

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A court sketch of Rolf Harris from the hearing into seven sexual assault allegations. Photo: ABC/Supplied
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A woman has told a London court that when she was 12 years old Rolf Harris asked her for a cuddle then put his hand up her skirt and “touched me where no one had touched me before”.

The woman, now aged in her early 50s, is one of seven complainants who have accused the 86-year-old entertainer of indecent assault between 1971 and 2004 when they were aged between 12 and 42 at the time.

Harris is facing a six-week trial in Southwark Crown Court, appearing by video-link from Stafford Prison where he’s serving time after being convicted on similar charges in 2014.

On Friday the woman told the court she was with her mother outside a Portsmouth radio station in 1977 seeking autographs from Harris after he had done a radio interview.

Appearing by video-link and screened from public view to protect her identity, the woman said her mother liked meeting famous people so suggested they go to the radio station with their autograph books.

She said Harris came out of the station with another man and asked her and her mother: “Are you the only two here?”

“I was quite pleased seeing him in real life … it was nice seeing someone famous,” the woman said.

She said Harris signed her mother’s autograph book then said to her, “it’s your turn now and let me give you a little cuddle”.

The woman said Harris put his arms around her then his hand went under her skirt and “into my knickers”.

“He touched me where no one had touched me before, not even myself had touched myself there and I now know it was my vagina,” the woman told the court.

She said Harris touched her with one finger but not “completely inside because I pulled away because it didn’t feel right”.

I didn’t know anything, I didn’t know about sex, I didn’t know about periods, I was totally unworldly … it just felt horrible, it just felt wrong.

The woman said she then asked her mother if they could go because she did not want to stay there after what Harris had done.

She said she told her mother when they got home what had happened but her mother just said “don’t be so stupid”.

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Rolf Harris in 1977 with his wife Alwen and their 13 year old daughter Bindi at Buckingham Palace after he was awarded the OBE.

The woman said that in the years since she never told anyone else about the incident because “if my mum didn’t believe me then who would believe me?”.

When Rolf Harris appeared in his first indecent assault trial in 2014 the woman decided she would take her own case to authorities.

When asked by defence lawyer Stephen Vullo if the allegation she had made against Harris was not true the woman replied: “I say it is true”.

She also denied that compensation was a factor in her bringing a case against Harris.

Harris, wearing a dark suit and blue tie, sat and watched proceedings quietly, sitting at a table in a room at Stafford Prison.

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