Rolf Harris ‘crouched on all fours, barked like a dog and then groped teenager’

Rolf Harris 'crouched on all fours, barked like a dog'
Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court with daughter Bindi (left) (Picture: PA)

Rolf Harris crouched on all fours and barked at a dog before groping a teenage waitress, a jury heard.

The alleged victim claimed she was working at a celebrity event in Cambridge when she was 13 or 14 and was sent to investigate the noise – only to find it was Harris.

‘There was a terrier-type dog in front of him and they were barking at each other,’ she said.

Giving evidence from behind a screen, she told the jury she felt ‘awestruck’ when he put his arm around her – but then he moved his hand down to squeeze her bottom.

The woman, now 52, described it as ‘basically like groping’, adding: ‘It was very firm and he squeezed it a few times.’

She said she was ‘extremely embarrassed’ and moved away as soon as the entertainer let her go.

Her account relates to the second of 12 indecent assault charges that Harris, 84, from Bray, Berkshire, is facing, all of which he denies.

The woman claimed she now had a ‘physical reaction’ when she saw Harris in a photo or on TV, telling the court: ‘I can’t bear seeing any image of him.’

Earlier, jurors heard from the youngest of Harris’s alleged victims, who wept as she described him assaulting her ‘out of nowhere’.

She told Southwark Crown Court she was seven or eight and had gone to get his autograph at a community centre near Portsmouth.

But after he signed her piece of paper, Harris touched her bottom and private parts with his ‘big hairy hands’, she claimed.

She said she thought it was an accident – but when he touched her again ‘aggressively’, she ‘understood that it was wrong’.

Breaking down, she told the jury: ‘I wanted to scream out, “What are you doing?” but it didn’t come out.’ The trial was adjourned until Monday.

15 May 2014 | 10:33 pm – Source:

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