Rolf Harris admits complimenting 13-year-old on bikini
ROLF Harris has admitted that he sexually admired a 13-year-old friend of his daughter in her swimsuit while they were on holiday.
The 84-year-old told Southwark Crown Court that when he complimented the teenager on her bikini during a family trip to Hawaii in the 1970s, he was actually complimenting her body.
Harris, 84, denies 12 counts of indecent assault on girls and women between 1968 and 1986.
Seven relate to the friend of his daughter, who claims the abuse led her to become an alcoholic.
He made the admission while being cross-examined for the prosecution by Sasha Wass QC during his second day in the witness box.
She asked: "Do you accept that when a man tells a woman or a girl that they look lovely in a bikini, they are not actually admiring the clothing, but they are admiring the person's body?"
Harris said it was "possibly" the case and later told the jury that although it did not cross his mind at the time, "in hindsight" he realised he admired her sexually.
He claimed he had a consensual sexual relationship with the girl years later when she was 18 but denies her allegations of sexual assault on the holiday.
Referring to the television star's alleged behaviour on the trip, Ms Wass suggested Harris "played with [the girl] like she was a toy".