A woman has told a court how she threw away a Rolf Harris autograph in disgust after he allegedly indecently assaulted her when she was a young girl.
Entertainer Harris, 84, is said to have touched the seven or eight-year-old girl’s back, before running his hand down her bottom and between her legs.
The woman, now 52, and who cannot be named for legal reasons, was among dozens of children who had queued excitedly to get his autograph on a Saturday morning after he performed his hit song Two Little Boys.
But she was left so shocked and scared after he touched her, she threw the piece of paper away after the incident at a community centre in Portsmouth, which she said happened in around 1969.
Speaking from behind a screen, the woman told jurors at Southwark Crown Court: “It was so quick, I thought ‘what’s just happened?’ More or less instantly his hand was back again.
“Straight up between my legs, aggressively, forcefully, as if it didn’t matter if it was going to hurt me, I knew then it wasn’t an accident.”
The woman went on: “I understood it was wrong. I wanted to get away. I wanted to scream out ‘what are you doing?’ but it wouldn’t come out.”
“He scared me. His eyes were fixed. He was carrying on as if nothing had happened,” she said.
Prosecutor Ms Sasha Wass QC asked her what she did with the autograph and she replied: “I threw it on the floor”.
She said that afterwards she felt she “wasn’t the same child”.
The woman said even now, years later, she still cried when she heard the song Two Little Boys.
She said she later told her husband and children that Harris was a ”dirty old man” who had ”touched her up as a child”.’
Jurors heard that she eventually told police what had happened in May 2013 after seeing reports that another woman in Australia had come forward with similar claims following the Jimmy Savile scandal.
Under cross examination from Ms Sonia Woodley QC, she denied suggestions that Harris had not been to the community centre and that she had not been indecently assaulted by him.
She insisted: ”Rolf Harris was there. I met Rolf Harris at that community centre when I was a little girl.”
Australian born Harris, dressed in a grey suit and tie, listened via a hearing loop from the glass-fronted dock, occasionally making notes.
Relatives and friends were in the public gallery but for the second day his wife Alwen did not accompany him to court.
Harris, of Bray, Berkshire, is accused of indecently assaulting four girls and women between 1968 and 1986 and denies the 12 charges.
The case continues.
15 May 2014 | 11:45 am – Source: orange.co.uk