The daughter of Rolf Harris has said she was inseparable from a teenage girl he allegedly abused – describing her as ‘my absolute bestest friend’.
Bindi Nicholls told his trial it was impossible for her father to have attacked her because she was ‘stuck like glue’ to her friend.
She told jurors: ‘From the moment I was born, I have known [the alleged victim]. I loved her to bits – we were inseparable.’
The Australian entertainer allegedly pounced on the teenager as she came out of a hotel shower but Ms Nicholls insisted she and her friend were together all the time.
When asked if her father wrapped a towel around the alleged victim’s waist a short time later, she replied: ‘That would be weird, teens generally tend to dry themselves off.’
Ms Nicholls’ childhood friend has alleged Harris subjected her to 16 years of abuse from the age of 13. She also claimed that the abuse plunged her into depression and alcoholism. Harris, now 84, insists the relationship was consensual and it began when the alleged victim was 18.
Giving evidence at Southwark crown court Ms Nicholls, 50, said she feared her parents would die during the trial because of the stress.
The mother of one also admitted she experienced ‘suicidal thoughts’ in the aftermath of the revelations.
Asked if she was ‘financially dependent’ on Harris, Ms Nicholls said she still received a monthly allowance. Harris denies 12 counts of indecent assault. The trial continues.
2 June 2014 | 9:27 pm – Source: metro.co.uk