Posted on 18-05-2017
Harris, 87, is accused of molesting the young school girl after he had made an appearance on the BBC’s Saturday Superstore in 1983.
Prosecuting for the crown - Jonathan Rees QC told the court that Harris had approached the girl in the green room after completing filming of the episode.
Mr Rees said: “She recalls him sliding his open right hand across her back over her clothes and touching her breast.
“He then said, ‘Do you often get molested on a Saturday morning?’ which the prosecution indicates clearly the sexual nature of the touching.”
The former Rolfs Cartoon Club host is on trial accused of indecently assaulting three teenage girls in the 1970s and 1980s.
It is also alleged to have indecently touched a 14-year-old girl in 1971
after she asked him for an autograph at a show for children in London.
The disgraced star is also accused of twice groping a third teenage girl after appearing on ITV celebrity show Star Games in 1978, and telling her she was ‘a little bit irresistible’.
Mr Rees said: “In essence the prosecution alleges that for his own gratification Harris groped these three young females in a sexual way, without their consent.”
Harris, who is already a convicted sex Offender denies four charges of indecent assault against three women between 1971 and 1983.
The prosecution addressed 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.
“We say Harris had an appetite for touching young females.”
Harris who was dressed in a grey suit, with a white shirt and a dark blue tie, listened with his arms folded as his first alleged victim, who was 14 in 1971 gave evidence.
She told the jury when she approached him for an autograph he used both hands to pull her onto his lap.
Giving evidence via videolink she said: “He pulled me onto his knee. I stood up and he put his hand up my dress.”
She said after it happened she went and told her father Harris had put his hand ‘somewhere private’.
Her father, who has since died, went and spoke to Harris, she said.
she added she did not mention the alleged incident to her mother for many years afterwards.
Mr Rees asked what she did in later years if she saw Harris on television.
She responded: “I didn’t want to see him on TV. I would always turn the TV over.”
The trial continues.
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