Rolf Harris trial: Jury retires to consider verdicts

Jurors in the trial of veteran performer Rolf Harris have retired to consider their verdicts.

The 84-year-old is accused of a string of 12 indecent assaults on four women between 1968 and 1986, all of which he denies.

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Prosecution claims footage contradicts Rolf Harris

Footage of Rolf Harris in Cambridge in the 1970s has been shown to the jury at Southwark Crown Court, which the prosecution claims contradicts the veteran entertainer's testimony last week.

He denied visiting Cambridge at that time.

ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning has tweeted from Southwark Crown Court:

He denies 12 counts of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986.


Rolf Harris 'often greeted people with a cuddle or kiss'

Rolf Harris outside court with his daughter Bindi (left) and wife Alwen. Credit: PA

A female school friend of Rolf Harris's daughter has told court she never felt uncomfortable in his presence, and said the entertainer often greeted people with a "big cuddle or a kiss".

The woman, 49, said she and Bindi had been friends at primary school, continuing into their teens.

She told the court that she had always been made to feel welcome by the Harrises, and, when asked by the star's defence barrister, Sonia Woodley QC, if she had ever found anything "odd or weird" about them, she said no.

Ms Woodley said: "At any time did you ever have any concerns about Rolf Harris?"

The woman again replied: "No."

Harris: Daughter accused me of molesting her friend

Rolf Harris with his daughter Bindi outside Southwark Crown Court today. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Rolf Harris's daughter was left "beside herself" when she found out her father was being accused of sexually abusing her friend, a court has heard.

Southwark Crown Court heard that the entertainer's daughter Bindi accused Harris of sexually molesting her friend and was so furious she had "smashed up" some paintings he had given to her.

Veteran star Harris today told the court that his daughter had accused him over the phone of molesting her friend, after the friend had made the allegations about the veteran star.

The 84-year-old said: "I don't recall her being angry with me in person but I recall her breaking some paintings I had given her so I assumed she was very angry."

The alleged victim claims Harris first assaulted her when she was 13 while on holiday, but he has told the court they had a consensual sexual relationship that did not start until she was 18.

Harris admits 'sexually admiring' body of girl aged 13

Faced with questioning from a prosecution QC entertainer Rolf Harris agreed that that he had a dark side and was good at hiding it.

When was asked about his relationship with his daughter's friend, he admitted he had admired her body, in a sexual way, when she was only thirteen. Mr Harris denies all the charges against him.


Rolf Harris denies victim's allegations are 'realistic'

In questioning Rolf Harris, prosecutor Sasha Wass QC put it to the veteran entertainer his earlier admission that he had seen a young teenager in a sexual light while on holiday made what she said "realistic".

Wass said to Harris: "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?"

Rolf Harris in the witness box. Credit: Priscilla Coleman

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."

Earlier, Harris said he knew that touching a 13-year-old was a criminal offence, but denied anything had happened.

Harris admits 'sexually admiring' 13-year old's body

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has admitted it was "possible" that he admired a 13-year-old friend of his daughter sexually while on holiday.

Rolf Harris arriving at court with his daughter Bindi (left), and wife Alwen. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The 84-year-old conceded that when he complimented the teenager on her bikini during the holiday in the 1970s, he was actually complimenting her body.

"You admired her sexually, that's what that is," the prosecution alleged.

Harris answered: "It did not compute to that in my mind ... in hindsight, I suppose it is."

Seven of the 12 indecent assault charges he faces relate to the friend of his daughter, who claims he abused her from the age of 13.

'They're all making it up,' Rolf Harris claims

Rolf Harris has claimed in court that the alleged victims in his trial are making up their stories, ITV News Correspondent Lewis Vaughan Jones reports.

Harris is accused of 12 counts of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986, all of which he denies.

Rolf Harris 'thought he was untouchable'

Rolf Harris "took advantage" of his position during a series of alleged indecent assaults, the prosecution in his trial has told court.

Asked to explain what he meant in a letter of apology he later wrote to the woman's father, Sasha Wass QC accused Harris of thinking he was "untouchable".

Speaking in a low voice, Harris told jurors: "That's not what I intended at all."

The entertainer denies 12 counts of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986.

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