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

Rolf Harris

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."


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