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Rolf Harris trial: 'I gave up on stage dream after Harris groped me' says teen theatre star

By Margaret Davis

An aspiring teenage theatre star developed an eating disorder after the "petrified" 15-year-old was groped by entertainer Rolf Harris, a jury has heard.

Tonya Lee, now 43, who waived her right to anonymity, claims that Harris touched her when she travelled to Britain from Australia for a tour in 1986.

She said she lost 9lb-13lb after she "stopped eating" and would "throw up" during the six-week trip. After she returned home, she abandoned her dream of becoming a stage star.

Ms Lee said: " I just wasn't there any more, I lost that passion."

Southwark Crown Court heard that Harris met the performers from the Shopfront Theatre Youth Group when they arrived at London's Heathrow Airport in May that year, and later went for dinner at a pub with them.

Ms Lee said Harris invited her to sit on his lap. She said he began moving back and forth rubbing against her before running his hand up her thigh and touching her private parts.

"I was gobsmacked, I was shocked," she said.

Harris denies 12 counts of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986. The case continues.

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