Rolf Harris trial: Evidence to drag into second week

Veteran Australian entertainer Rolf Harris, centre, who is accused of indecent assault, holds his daughter Bindi's hand as he walks into court. Photo / AP
Veteran Australian entertainer Rolf Harris, centre, who is accused of indecent assault, holds his daughter Bindi's hand as he walks into court. Photo / AP

Rolf Harris will continue to give evidence from the witness box next week after his child sex abuse trial was delayed by legal argument.

Harris won't be able to discuss the case in any detail with his legal team over the weekend because he is still in the process of being cross-examined by prosecutor Sasha Wass QC.

Lawyers for both sides spent Friday engaged in legal argument but it's expected the jury will be back in Southwark Crown Court on Monday morning.

Harris started giving evidence on Tuesday when he was questioned by his own defence barrister Sonia Woodley QC.

The artist and singer told the court he was a very "touchy-feely" person but insisted he didn't assault his daughter's 13-year-old friend when she joined his family on an overseas holiday in 1978.

Rather, the entertainer insisted, the pair had a 10-year consensual affair that only started when she flirted with him as an adult.

Harris on Tuesday also admitted to a second affair in the mid-1990s with a female lodger.

He was subsequently grilled by Ms Wass on Wednesday and Thursday.

During cross-examination the 84-year-old admitted he may have sexually admired his daughter's friend when she was 13.

But he maintained there was no sexual relationship until after she turned 18.

He agreed, under questioning from Ms Wass, that as adults the pair "hardly ever spoke" and his daughter's friend "was just there for sex (even) on your account".

Harris is charged with indecently assaulting four girls in Britain between 1968 and 1986.

The man who gave the world the wobble denies all the charges stating: "They are all making it up."

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