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Rolf Harris Would 'Run Away From Giggling Girls'
Entertainer Rolf Harris was ''tactile'' and admired ''the lovely curves'' of a teenage girl, a court has heard.
Harris, 84, would also "run away from giggling girls" and drove one teenager ''nuts'' as he kept asking her: "When are you going to marry me?"
The details emerged from defence witnesses as the trial continues against the Australian-born singer, who is accused of indecently assaulting four women.
Joanne Charles, daughter of 1970s singer Don Charles, was asked to describe Harris by his defence barrister Sonia Woodley QC.
Ms Charles said: ''He's lovely, he's quite kind, a real softie. He's great. He's very tactile... he's a great hugger, he gives great bear hugs.''
When asked if they were ever in a sexual manner, she replied: "No, absolutely not."
Ms Charles added that as a teenager when she met Harris he would say: ''Goodness, you have such lovely curves. You are a lovely girl.''
Ms Woodley asked her if it was in a lurid way and she replied: "No, friendly, warm way."
Ms Charles added that when she visited Harris at his home he would often ''run away from giggling girls''.
Under cross examination by prosecutor Sasha Wass QC, Ms Charles was asked what her reaction had been to the news Harris had an affair with his best friend's daughter.
She replied: ''I was saddened, shocked.'' She went on: ''It's terribly sad." She added people had affairs all the time.
Ms Wass said: ''Yes but this was with his daughter's best friend - do you not think that's different?''
Ms Charles replied: ''It is very sad but I'm not sure it is.''
Another witness, physiotherapist Anne Marie Ashford Eve, told the court Harris would ''envelop her and her father in bear hugs''.
She added: ''There was also a 'Rolfism'. He would say, 'when are you going to marry me?' It would drive me nuts. It was a joke but I found it irritating.
''It was embarrassing, but as a teenager grown-ups are embarrassing when you are a teenager.''
Rosemarie Ford, ex-presenter on TV show Generation Game, also gave evidence and told the court he was a ''total professional'' who had a "great warmth about him".
She added that in the entertainment world it was common for people to ''demonstrate affection towards each other''.
Ms Ford, married to actor Robert Lindsay, said: ''We always greet each other with hugs and kisses... someone lingering would be recognised but Rolf was always proper, it was always in an appropriate manner.''
Ms Wass declined to cross-examine her after Ms Ford told the court she knew ''nothing about his private life''.
Harris, of Bray, Berkshire, denies 12 counts of indecent assault on four women aged between seven and eight years old and 19 years old between 1968 and 1986.
The trial at Southwark Crown Court continues.