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  • 14 May 2014, 3:07

Rolf Harris' Dog Card For 'Victim' Revealed

A woman who says she was assaulted by Rolf Harris has told a court she did not "flirt" with the veteran entertainer.

The 49-year-old, who says Harris indecently assaulted her when she was 13, denied there was "sexual chemistry" between them and that she consented to a sex act after she turned 16.

Under cross-examination, the woman said she was "shocked and upset" after Harris allegedly groped her.

Southwark Crown Court was also shown a card Harris sent to the alleged victim, the front of which features a dog and various expressions, including: "When it comes to having sex, if at first you don't succeed, beg."

The inside of the card features two drawings by Harris, along with the words: "I've just had a dreary bout of vertigo with the inside of my head seeming to spin ceaselessly in an outer bony shell of a head which never moved (as I fell sideways against the wall like a drunk)."

The court was also shown a letter sent by Harris to the alleged victim's father.

In it, he says he "begged her for forgiveness", adding: "When I see the misery I have caused ... I am sickened by myself."

"I find it hard to like myself in any way, shape or form," he writes.

"As I do these animal programmes, I see the unconditional love that dogs give to their owners and wish I could start to love myself again."

The alleged victim - a childhood friend of the entertainer's daughter Bindi - gave evidence about attacks she says took place while she was on holiday with the Harris family in 1978.

She told the court Harris assaulted her as she got out of the shower, after which she thought: "My God, did that just happen?"

The witness, who said she did not record the alleged attacks in her diary, was asked by defence counsel Sonia Woodley QC why she had gone on holiday with Harris if she was so ''scared'' of him, as she has previously said.

She told the jury: ''I wanted to be with Bindi and I knew he wouldn't be around all the time.''

Ms Woodley also questioned her about a time where she says Harris groped her on a beach within view of his wife Alwen and Bindi.

She asked the witness: ''You must have been shocked and upset?''

She replied that she was and was then asked how Alwen and Bindi could not have noticed.

The woman replied: ''Because I didn't want to show it.''

Earlier, the witness denied defence suggestions that in more than six hours of police interviews and statements, she had plenty of time ''to rehearse'' what she was going to say.

Harris, dressed in a silver grey suit, shirt and tie, listened to proceedings via a hearing loop.

His wife Alwen was also in court, along with other family and friends.

The TV presenter and artist denies 12 counts of indecently assaulting her and three other girls from 1968 to 1986.

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