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Rolf Harris told witness ‘it takes two to tango’

Allegations: Rolf Harris

By Jennifer Cockerell

A brother of an alleged victim of Rolf Harris has told a court the entertainer told him it “takes two to tango” when he accused him of sexually abusing his younger sister since she was a teenager.

The man said he was “angry” when his sister opened up about the abuse after he confronted her about her alcohol problem when she turned up drunk at a family gathering in her twenties.

Harris (84) listened from the dock at London's Southwark Crown Court where he is on trial on 12 charges of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986 — seven relating to the woman in question. He denies all the charges.

The witness said he asked his sister what was causing her to drink to excess, describing her to the court as a “chronic alcoholic”.

“That's when she confided to me that she'd been sexually abused,” he said. Asked whether she said who the man was, the witness answered: “She did. She said Rolf Harris.”

He told jurors he phoned Harris. “I told him why I was angry. I said , ‘You have abused my sister'. He said, ‘It takes two to tango'.”

Prosecutors allege Harris abused the woman over a 15-year period, and “groomed her like a puppy” from the age of 13.

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