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‘Harris groomed 13-yr-old girl for sex’ Not consensual relationship: court told

LONDON, May 28, (RTRS): Veteran Australian entertainer Rolf Harris groomed and psychologically dominated a 13-year-old girl before repeatedly sexually abusing her, a British court was told on Wednesday.

A mainstay of family entertainment for more than 50 years, Harris is charged with 12 counts of indecent assault against four girls, some as young as seven or eight, between 1968 and 1986. Seven of the counts relate to one woman. “This was not a consensual relationship, this was child abuse. Grooming. You effectively psychologically dominated that girl,” Prosecutor Sasha Wass said, addressing the 84-year-old musician and TV-presenter, on the witness stand at London’s Southwark Crown Court.

Harris, who denies all the charges, told the jury on Tuesday that he had been in a relationship with the woman, but that this had not started until she was 18, and that it had been an adult and consensual affair. He also told a series of anecdotes detailing his rise to stardom, including a rendition of his famous comic song “Jake the Peg”

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