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Rolf Harris 'Disguised Dark Side Of His Character'
Rolf Harris used "bear hugs" to hide his serial sexual abuse and is good at disguising a "dark side" of his character, a court has heard.
The TV entertainer, who denies 12 charges of indecent assault, faced questions from prosecutor Sasha Wass QC.
She told the jury all the alleged victims describe a similar scenario: bear hugs then sexual molestation.
The prosecutor claimed Harris committed child abuse in conducting an affair with his daughter's best friend. She added he "psychologically dominated that girl" so she kept it secret.
But the 84-year-old said the relationship was based on a "mutual feeling of warmth and affection" - and claimed the alleged victim initiated the affair.
Harris added that he "laughed in disbelief" when he discovered the alleged victim had been "terrified" of him.
He recalled her coming to his house in Bray, Berkshire, to have sex, telling the jury that he took her a cup of tea and she started flirting with him, kicking off her duvet to reveal her bare legs.
Harris said they would "whisper sweet nothings" to each other, but under continued cross examination he admitted he could not remember what was said.
He told Southwark Crown Court he had worked with the NSPCC on child abuse issues, making a campaign video for them.
But Ms Wass described him as a "brilliant and polished performer".
The prosecutor said the trial was "not a talent show" as she recalled how he had entertained the court by singing during his earlier evidence.
Jurors were told: "Underneath the friendly and loveable exterior there is a darker side."
Accused of being "pretty good" at hiding this dark side, Harris replied: "I suppose so."
Ms Wass said the court had to discover "how dark that dark side is".
The jury has been told how his daughter's friend alleges she was molested by Harris twice during a family holiday in Hawaii in 1978.
The defendant†said it was "possible" he had admired her body sexually during the holiday but insisted "nothing happened" during that period and he had "no recollection" of the other allegations.
He said he did not tell his wife Alwen he had had a sexual relationship with the main complainant after he was questioned by police in 2012.
Ms Wass asked him when he had told his daughter Bindi, and he replied he "couldn't remember" but added "she had huge row with me" after she learnt of it.
He said he had "blacked it out" but did recall she smashed two of his paintings when she learnt about the relationship with her friend.
The prosecutor asked why he initially mentioned two occasions when he had sex with his daughter's friend, but later talked of four.
Harris said there were two "attractive young ladies" in the police interview room which prevented him from going into detail when questioned.
His evidence was halted temporarily to allow testimony from a character witness called Paul Elliot, a theoretical producer known as King of the Pantomimes.
Mr Elliot said of Harris: "He is a warm, jolly, hard worker, a good friend, always there when you need him."
He denies 12 counts of indecent assault on four females aged between seven or eight and 19 between 1968 and 1986.
The trial continues on Thursday.