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  • 22 May 2014, 16:59

Rolf Harris 'Assaulted Mum And Daughter'

A mother and daughter have told a court they were sexual assaulted by a "touchy touchy" Rolf Harris at a hardware store in Australia in 1991.

The witnesses - who cannot be identified for legal reasons - claim the indecent assaults happened at a promotion for British paint, where Rolf Harris was appearing as a star guest.

The daughter toldSouthwark Crown Court he first asked her for a hug and then touched her left breast and bottom before laughing out loud.

She claimed the incident left her shocked and she later refused to draw with the celebrity.

And she said the alleged assault was: "Extremely unacceptable, by a man old enough to be my grandfather."

The court was told the witness, who was 15 or 16 at the time, was taken to the store by her mother because she was interested in art and had grown up watching Rolf Harris on television.

Her mother claimed Harris also assaulted her by rubbing himself up against her buttocks as photos were taken.

She told the court she looked him in the eye and called him a "disgusting creature" before deliberately standing on his foot to make him stop.

The pair both appeared by video link from Australia. They were called as character witnesses for the prosecution.

Rolf Harris denies 12 counts of indecent assault. The trial continues.

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