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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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Teen 'stopped eating' after Harris allegedly groped her

An aspiring teenage theatre star claimed she developed an eating disorder and was left "petrified" after she was groped by Rolf Harris, a jury heard.

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Tonya Lee, who is now 43 and waived her usual right to anonymity given to alleged sex offence victims, claimed the entertainer touched her when she was 15 after she had travelled to Britain from Australia for a tour in 1986.

She claimed she "stopped eating" and would "throw up" during the trip causing her to lose between nine and 13 pounds. When she returned home she abandoned her dream of becoming a stage star, a jury heard.

Ms Lee said: " I just wasn't there any more, I lost that passion."

She claimed the veteran performer told her to sit on his lap and moved his hand up her leg, after meeting her and other members of a youth theatre group.

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

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