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Rolf Harris abuse accuser denies 'consensual affair' with star

By Ellen Branagh

One of Rolf Harris' alleged victims flirted with him because she was jealous that his daughter had become closer to another friend, a court has heard.

Harris's defence barrister suggested that "sexual chemistry" had developed between the pair, and the woman had instigated sexual encounters with her friend's father. But under cross-examination at London's Southwark Crown Court, the alleged victim denied the encounters were consensual, and described how Harris's alleged abuse had led to her "loathing" herself.

The woman, who was a friend of Harris's daughter Bindi, has claimed the star abused her from the age of 13, when he first assaulted her on a holiday in Hawaii, and there were sexual encounters between the pair until she was 28.

Harris faces 12 charges of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986 – seven relating to the woman. His defence barrister Sonia Woodley QC said the girl became jealous after she and Bindi drifted apart when the Harrises moved away, and also because of Bindi's friendship with another girl.

Ms Woodley claimed that the woman had invented the abuse to avoid being blamed for her consensual affair with Harris.

The barrister said: "What you did was to try and absolve yourself from blame and say that Rolf Harris had abused you, when in fact you knew perfectly well that you had a consensual relationship with him. Once you had told that story you had to stick with it, didn't you?"

The woman replied: "No."

The trial continues.

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