Sydenham's Rolf Harris' daughter 'banged head against wall' over sex abuse claims

Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Corwn Court with daugher Bindi

Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Corwn Court with daugher Bindi

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Rolf Harris's daughter was so "beside herself" when she found out her father was accused of sexually abusing her friend that she furiously banged her head against a wall, a court has heard.

The entertainer's daughter Bindi accused Harris over the phone of sexually molesting her friend and was so furious that she "smashed up" paintings he had given to her, Southwark Crown Court in London heard .

Harris, who used to live in Sydenham, denies 12 counts of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986, seven of which relate to his daughter's friend.

She claims he first assaulted her when she was 13 while on holiday, but he has told the court they had a consensual sexual relationship that did not start until she was 18.

On his third day in the witness box, the 84-year-old was questioned about his daughter's furious reaction when she heard about the allegations, which he said came while he was overseas.

Prosecutor Sasha Wass QC asked the star: "Bindi was beside herself?"

He replied: "I suppose so, yes."

Ms Wass said: "(The alleged victim) had told her and she accused you of sexually abusing (the alleged victim), didn't she?"

Harris said: "Not person to person, not face to face."

But when Ms Wass asked if his daughter accused him over the phone, he said: "Yes."

Ms Wass said: "She accused you over the phone of sexually molesting (the alleged victim), didn't she?"

Harris replied: "Yes."

Ms Wass said: "She (Bindi) was in such a state she was banging her head against a wall."

She asked Harris if that had "filtered through" to him.

"She was beside herself with shock wasn't she?" the prosecutor said.

Harris replied: "Yes."

The prosecutor asked if he knew whether Bindi needed counselling at some stage, but he said: "I wasn't aware of that."

Yesterday TV favourite Harris admitted that he admired his daughter's 13-year-old friend sexually while on holiday, and admitted having a "darker side" alongside his public persona.

He was asked by the prosecutor if his "slow walk" into court, with his wife Alwen on one arm and Bindi on the other, was "just for the cameras", to which he replied: "It's to show support."

Ms Wass suggested today there was a "common theme" among the allegations, which included claims that Harris preyed on women as he met them in his public role, abused them with an originally friendly gesture, assaulted them while they could not get away, did it while people were nearby, and then afterwards behaved as if nothing had happened.

But the star dismissed all of the allegations against him as lies today .

He denied that his claim that the woman asked him for £25,000 was an "attempt to discredit" her and her family, and denied also trying to "vilify" alleged victim Tonya Lee.

Ms Lee, who has waived the usual right to anonymity given to alleged sex offence victims, claims Harris touched her when she travelled to Britain from Australia for a tour in 1986.

Harris told the court he accused Ms Lee of making up the allegation because her story "didn't hold water".

He denied ever meeting Ms Lee, appearing more irritated: "You're not listening to me, I never met Tonya Lee."

Asked why she would have lied, he said: "It would only be to support her story. I can't imagine why she would say that, but it's all lies."

Harris also dismissed another allegation, made by a woman who claims he groped her as she got an autograph from the star at a community centre in Portsmouth, and told the court he was "never there".

He said he would not have needed to tour the country to promote his hit Two Little Boys, because it was an "instant hit and hardly needed any promotion", and said he would not have performed it unaccompanied.

The star told the court: "She's lying. It never happened, I wasn't there. I wasn't there, she must be making it up."

Harris was asked about another claim, made by a woman who has appeared as a witness, but whose allegations do not relate to a charge, in which he is said to have told her he wanted to be the first person to give her a "tongue kiss".

He said: "I would never say that, I hate that expression."

The star also dismissed another claim by a separate witness who says he groped her, saying it was lies, and said he had "no recollection" of meeting another witness who has told the court he assaulted her in Malta.


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