Rolf Harris admits to 'dark side'
Rolf Harris admitted to having a "dark side" in court today (28.05.14) as he conceded his illicit affair with his daughter's friend was contradictory to his "friendly" TV persona
Rolf Harris admitted to having a "dark side" in court today (28.05.14).
The 84-year-old TV presenter - who stands accused of 12 counts of indecent assault against four underage girls between 1968 and 1986 - agreed that his illicit affair with his daughter's friend proves that there is a darker character behind what the prosecution described as his "friendly and lovable exterior".
Prosecuting barrister Sasha Wass QC questioned Rolf: "You are pretty good, Mr. Harris, aren't you, at disguising that dark side of your character?"
The star replied: "Yes."
The former 'Animal Hospital' host has strenuously denied sexually assaulting his daughter Bindi's friend as a teenager, but confessed in court on Tuesday (27.05.14) to having an affair with her when she was an adult.
However, during a cross-examination at Southwark Crown Court today, Rolf conceded a compliment he paid the girl about her appearance in a bikini when she was 13 could be deemed sexual.
Ms. Wass quizzed: "What you were saying to [the alleged victim] is, 'You have got a great body.' "
Rolf responded: "I suppose so."
Ms. Wass then pressed further, asking: "By saying that to a 13-year-old, that's a sexual remark, isn't it?"
The star said: "In hindsight, I suppose it is."
Quizzed if he had admired the 13-year-old's body, he added: "It's possible, yes."
Rolf continued to deny any sexual wrongdoing with the woman before she turned 18 and appeared to dismiss her allegations of sexual abuse.
He said: "She's said all sorts of things that if it wasn't so serious would have been laughable."