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  • 14 May 2014, 19:01

Rolf Harris: 'It Takes Two To Tango', Trial Told

Entertainer Rolf Harris told the brother of one of his alleged victims: ''It takes two to tango'' when confronted about claims he had sexually abused her, a court has heard.

The man spoke on day four of the trial against 84-year-old Harris, who is facing 12 charges of indecent assault.

He said when his younger sister revealed she had been abused for ''most of her life'' by Harris he ''became angry'' and later called him to confront him.

The man told Southwark Crown Court he wanted ''to tell him not to contact my sister'' and was asked by prosecutor Ms Sasha Wass what the reaction had been.

He said: ''He told me 'It takes two to tango'."

The court has heard how Harris first targeted the man's sister while she was on a family holiday in Hawaii and Australia.

He has admitted having a physical relationship with the woman but only after she was over the age of consent.

Meanwhile, a childhood friend of the woman told the court how Harris was described as a "dirty old man".

The witness said she was "shocked and horrified" when the now 49-year-old alleged victim told her what he had done to her.

The court has heard Harris first abused the woman during a holiday in Hawaii when she was 13 years old in 1978 and continued until she was 29.

At the time, the alleged victim was the best friend of the entertainer's daughter Bindi and he is said to have groped her in a hotel room and on a waterside jetty.

The alleged victim's friend told the court: "Rolf Harris was a well-known and well-loved celebrity, pretty much well-known to all of us."

She added she was a classmate of the alleged victim and told the court she had had a conversation with her friend where she described him as a "dirty old man".

The witness said in 1996, after she had moved to New Zealand, the alleged victim called and spoke to her again about the sexual abuse she had allegedly suffered.

The alleged victim's friend told the court: "He had been abusing her through her teens and beyond ... at the age of 13, 14.

"It went on for many years. I didn't want to go into details at the time because it wasn't the place. It was quite distressing. She told her parents, no one else I don't think knew."

Under cross-examination from Sonia Woodley QC, the witness was asked about her friend's drinking.

She said she never smelt alcohol on her breath at school but did "in a home environment".

When questioned again by Ms Wass to explain further her friend's "anxiety" at school, she said: "She never seemed to have a lot of self-confidence. She was a lovely, lovely girl. She just sometime ... took to drink to give her confidence."

Harris faces 12 charges of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986, which he denies.

He followed proceedings via a hearing loop from the dock. Several family members and friends were also in court. The trial continues.

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