Rolf Harris 'a real softy', says daughter's friend

Rolf Harris was "a real softy", according to a friend of his daughter Bindi who testified at the entertainer's trial for indecent assault today.

Joanne Charles told Southwark Crown Court that Mr Harris' behaviour had been "affectionate" but not sexual.

"Because I had known him for so long, it was just like having my father put his arms around me and cuddle me," she said.

"He's lovely. He was gentle and kind and a real softy. He was very, very tactile," Ms Charles added.

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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.