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Rolf Harris groped me, woman tells court

By Margaret Davis

Rolf Harris groped a teenage girl after she saw him crouched on all fours barking at a dog, a jury has heard.

The woman, giving evidence at London's Southwark Crown Court, said she was working as a waitress at a celebrity event in Cambridge when she was 13 or 14, and went outside when she and her colleagues heard the animal noises.

"He was on all fours and there was a terrier-type dog in front of him and they were barking at each other," the woman said.

"There was a small semi-circle of people around him laughing and Rolf Harris was playing up to the crowd."

She said she felt "awestruck" at seeing the celebrity, whom she recognised "instantly" when she saw him outside the It's A Celebrity Knockout event in 1975 or 1976.

The woman, who is now 52, is named in the second of 12 indecent assault charges that Harris (84) is facing, all of which he denies.

She told the jury that Harris put his arm around her and moved his hand up and down her back, before squeezing her bottom. Her voice wavering, she said: "To start, it was a very nervous but a good feeling. However, his hand then moved and his hand went up and down my back and his hand went over my bottom and it was very firm."

She said she had her back to the marquee where the event was taking place, so the crowd could not see what was happening.

The woman said: "I was too young to really understand the term but it was basically like groping. It was very firm and he squeezed it a few times.

"I was just completely frozen. I knew it was wrong. I couldn't move."

The trial continues on Monday.

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