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Harris trial hears accuser's diary

Salisbury Journal: Rolf Harris is on trial for charges of alleged indecent assaults on under-age girls Rolf Harris is on trial for charges of alleged indecent assaults on under-age girls

The diary of a woman who claims she was sexually abused by Rolf Harris at the age of 13 showed "no hint of unhappiness", with her saying she had a "great" day with the entertainer and his family, a court has heard.

Under cross-examination at Southwark Crown Court, the alleged victim was taken through diary entries from the trip to Hawaii in 1978, where she spent two full days.

She claims that Harris, 84, touched her intimately during the trip, and went on to abuse her for a number of years.

The woman is named on seven of the 12 counts of indecent assault that veteran entertainer Harris faces, all of which he denies.

Defending, Sonia Woodley QC asked her: "No mention in the diary or any hint of anything which had happened to you at the hands of Rolf Harris, is there?"

She replied: "I wouldn't have put it in the diary."

The woman went on: "I would have made it sound better in the diary."

When asked: "Was that a happy holiday for you?", she replied: "Basically, yes it was."

Her entry for the first full day there, December 20, said: "Today was great because we went on the beach and went swimming."

Ms Woodley said that there was "no hint of unhappiness" in the notes, and put it to the woman that she could be "stubborn, wilful and argumentative" as a teenager.

She cited a phase when the woman refused to eat anything other than Marmite on toast and roast dinners, and the court heard that she ticked off items in the Harrods catalogue that she wanted for Christmas from her parents.

The alleged victim, who was a friend of Harris' daughter Bindi, denied that she would tell her mother to "f*** off" or "piss off", and swear at Bindi and throw books at her if she woke her up early.

Ms Woodley said: "If Bindi had woken up early and started talking to you, you would be very grumpy and start swearing at her."

The woman told the jury: "I was not good in the mornings. I wouldn't swear at her, I would just be grumpy. I wouldn't throw a book at her head, I would throw a pillow."

The woman said that despite thinking Harris was "creepy", she wanted to go on the holiday to be with Bindi.

Harris, wearing a light grey suit with a white shirt and dark tie, listened to her evidence with the aid of a hearing loop, at times reading court documents.

Ms Woodley asked the woman: "Your mother apparently told you never to trust a man with a beard?"

"Yes," she replied.

"Did you ask her why she said that?",the barrister asked.

The woman said: "No."

Ms Woodley went on: "Rolf Harris never said anything to make you scared of him did he?" She answered: "It was just his presence."

The woman has claimed that the first time Harris assaulted her was when she had just got out of the shower in Hawaii.

Ms Woodley asked how the entertainer would have got into the girl's room, and told the woman: "I suggest that nothing of that nature happened at all."

She suggested that it was Bindi, and not Rolf Harris, who had taken a picture of the alleged victim while she appeared to be asleep.

Asked about a second alleged assault on the beach in Hawaii, the woman said that although Bindi and Harris's wife Alwen were just a few feet away they would not have noticed she was upset because she "didn't show it".

The woman has also claimed that Harris abused her later in the holiday as she returned from sunbathing on a jetty.

Ms Woodley suggested to the alleged victim - who is giving evidence from behind a curtain - that it could not be correct because sun only shone on the jetty until 10am.

The barrister said: "What I suggest is that nothing of any kind happened between you and Rolf Harris, as you described."

The court heard that the woman had visited a friend of her father's during the holiday, and had ended up needing medical treatment for blisters after not wearing sunscreen.

The woman denied suggestions that she had ignored advice to wear suncream, saying: "I wasn't reluctant, I just wasn't aware."

Ms Woodley suggested to her that a picture she claimed was taken when she had just woken up was in fact a posed picture that Harris had taken of her, at the same time he was taking pictures of his daughter Bindi.

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