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Rolf ran away from teen girls, court told

By Margaret Davis

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris complimented his daughter's friend on her "lovely curves" but not in a "lurid way", a jury has heard.

The 84-year-old was "very tactile" but would "run away" when giggling teenage girls visited his daughter Bindi, London's Southwark Crown Court was told.

Former TV star Rosemarie Ford, who danced to Jake The Peg with Harris on The Generation Game, also told jurors that the performer had never behaved inappropriately.

He denies 12 counts of indecent assault on four women between 1968 and 1986.

Yesterday Bindi's friend Joanne Charles told the jury when Harris gave her one of his bear hugs it was like her father embracing her, and that he would shy away from his daughter's friends.

"When we were all together, I think we were too loud and too giggly and Rolf used to run away from the noise and the giggling. I think he thought we were all a bit too giggly, silly," she told the court.

The witness said his embraces were paternal rather than sexual.

The trial continues.

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