Rolf Harris ‘Tongue-Kissed Sick 11-Year-Old’

Rolf Harris kissed a girl of 11 or 12 while she was off school “so he could be her first,” a court has heard.

The woman, who is in her fifties and can not be named for legal reasons, said she was left “frozen” and “repulsed” by what happened.

She added that as a result she still felt “frazzled” whenever she was kissed, saying it caused her “panic attacks”.

The woman, from the Northern Territory, was the first Australian witness to give evidence on day six of the trial at Southwark Crown Court.

There is no charge against Harris regarding the woman and her evidence is being used to support the prosecution’s case.

The woman told the court she was assaulted in 1969 and was staying with friends when she woke up, came downstairs in her pyjamas and found Harris polishing wood.

She told the court: “He asked me how old I was and he said he wanted to be the first one to introduce me to a tongue kiss.

“I stood there. I didn’t think anything. I just froze. I didn’t think he was being serious. Then he walked up towards me.”

She said Harris ran his hands up her body, bent down and kissed her.

She added: “I was scared. It seemed to last forever but it must have been very quick. He put his tongue inside my mouth.”

When asked how she felt afterwards the woman replied: “I was quite repulsed, absolutely. He just stopped and then said ‘look at what I have been doing.’

The woman, who has been married three times, told the court the alleged incident had repercussions in her adult life as she found it difficult to tongue kiss.

She said: “It upset me a lot. I think it’s a hang-up left over by Mr Harris. I told them (partners) not to pull me towards you. It makes me feel frazzled and scared, I almost have panic attacks.”

The woman said she had not told her parents about what happened and friends did not believe her when she later told them her “first tongue kiss was with Rolf Harris”.

She told the court she went to police after reports of the investigation against him emerged in the Australian media.

Harris, 84, from Bray in Berkshire, listened to proceedings from the glass-fronted dock, dressed in a black suit, striped shirt and tie. He occasionally made notes and glanced at the woman as she gave evidence.

His wife Alwen was in the public gallery along with other friends and relatives.

Harris denies 12 counts of indecent assault allegedly carried out between 1968 and 1986.

The trial continues.

19 May 2014 | 11:32 am – Source: orange.co.uk
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