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Rolf Harris 'slipped his hand up 14-year-old's skirt', court told

A jury is set to hear allegations in a London court that Rolf Harris groped three teenage girls A jury is set to hear allegations in a London court that Rolf Harris groped three teenage girls
Tobias Pedroso | 16 May, 2017, 04:23

She said after it happened she went and told her father Harris had put his hand "somewhere private".

Giving evidence via videolink she said: "He pulled me onto his knee".

Mr Harris appeared in Southwark Crown Court via videolink on the first day of the trial.

Mr Rees told the jury of seven women and five men that Harris had approached another girl in the green room after filming an episode of the BBC's Saturday Superstore in 1983.

Prosecutors alleged the Australian-born star then said: "Do you often get molested on a Saturday morning?"

Mr Rees said: "The allegation she makes is that when she was near to Mr Harris he put his hands on her waist, pulled her on his lap from behind and, either while she was sat on his lap or as she was quickly getting back to her feet, she recalls Mr Harris putting his hand up her skirt and touching her vagina over her tights and skirt".

Rees told the jury: "The prosecution suggests that it offends common sense to suggest that these three women, independent of each other, should choose to fabricate stories of a similar nature".

Entertainer Rolf Harris is appearing by video link in a London court on four charges of groping teenage girls at public events in England between 1971 and 1983.

Rees said the prosecution case was that Harris, "for his own gratification, deliberately groped these young females in a sexual way without their consent".

He added: "The whole thing was over very quickly by which time she made her way straight to her father".

When Mr Rees asked how that had made her feel, she replied: "Terrible".

"I didn't want to see him on the television, I'd always turn the television off".

He is also accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old schoolgirl following an appearance at TV show Star Games in Cambridge between May and July 1978.

"Most, I daresay if not all, of you will recognise Mr Harris as someone who, for well over 50 years, has been an artist, musician, popular entertainer and television personality of global standing".

The trial is expected to last around two weeks.