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Rolf Harris Letter: I Am Sickened By Myself
Rolf Harris abused one of his daughter's friends on a motorway, in a theatre and in her family home while her parents were in another room, a court has heard.
The prosecution called the 84-year-old a "Jekyll And Hyde" character who thought he was "untouchable" because of his fame.
Harris listened via a hearing loop in the glass-fronted dock as the case against him was outlined by prosecutor Sasha Wass QC at Southwark Crown Court.
Ms Wass said: ''Mr Harris touched children and women alike in quite brazen circumstances. That may have been part of the excitement for him, knowing that he could get away with it.''
She added that once he was spotted inappropriately touching one of his victims.
"He just laughed and denied it," said Ms Wass. "Even when caught red-handed, he knew he was untouchable.''
The court heard that one victim, who is the subject of seven of the 12 counts, was on a holiday when Harris began abusing her in 1978 aged just 13.
Ms Wass said the victim had been ''in awe" of the defendant and went on to be "groomed like a pet" during 15 years of abuse.
Further incidents allegedly took place in a swimming pool, at a theatre and on the M4.
On one occasion Harris is accused of assaulting the victim at her home while her parents were in another room.
''He never had a meaningful conversation with her," Ms Wass added. "She was just his little toy."
The girl was said to have turned to alcohol at the age of 14 as a result of what she claims happened - and is now a "full blown alcoholic".
She eventually told her family about the alleged abuse in 1997.
The court heard how Harris then wrote to her father admitting a sexual relationship but claiming there was no "rape, physical force or brutality". He added that he was in a "state of object (sic) self-loathing".
The prosecution likened this to Bill Clinton admitting he had smoked cannabis but claiming he did not inhale.
The alleged victim eventually wrote a letter to police in 2012, 18 years after the abuse ended. The court heard how the Jimmy Savile revelations caused her to reflect on her own circumstances.
Miss Wass described Harris as having a "side to him" which meant he was sexually attracted to young girls.
"The prosecution doesn't for a moment suggest there is not a good, talented and kind side to Mr Harris," she said.
"But concealed behind this charming and amicable children's entertainer lay a man who exploited the very children who were drawn to him.
"His fame and reputation meant no one suspected or challenged his behaviour."
None of the alleged victims - who were aged between seven or eight and 19 - knew each other.
The court heard about one 'victim' who was 11 or 12 in 1969 when the indecent assault allegedly took place in Australia.
The woman claims Harris said "Come here, I want to be the first one to give you a tongue kiss" before grabbing her and sticking his tongue in her mouth.
Another woman who came forward was eight when, she claims, Harris touched her inappropriately after she asked him for an autograph in a community centre packed with children.
Harris denies all 12 charges against him. The trial continues.