'Rolf Harris groped me': Maggie Barry

Maggie Barry: 'It sends a really good signal to creeps like him that they can't continue to predate on the vulnerable.' Photo NZ Herald
Maggie Barry: 'It sends a really good signal to creeps like him that they can't continue to predate on the vulnerable.' Photo NZ Herald
National MP and former broadcaster Maggie Barry has revealed how disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris groped her in a recording studio.

Harris has been convicted in the UK on 12 charges of indecent assault on four victims from 1968 to 1986 and is due to be sentenced tonight NZ time.

Ms Barry told APNZ today how when Harris was in New Zealand she was recording an interview for a radio show she hosted from Palmerston North.

"He came in to the studio and we sat down and he started to do the old wandering hands thing and I stood up and said 'well you can stop that right now'," she said.

"I felt really cross. I thought how dare he, who does he think he is. I was outraged really."

Ms Barry said she grew up watching Harris on the television and knew all his songs.

"In 30 years of broadcasting, that kind of thing just doesn't happen."

Ms Barry, now a North Shore MP, said she called the popular personality a "sleazy creep" and he turned "nasty" on her before switching his charm back on for the interview.

"If I'd been a young person and had been uncertain or maybe over-awed a little bit by his celebrity status I think it would have been a very different experience," Ms Barry said.

Harris is due to be sentenced in the UK today for his sex crimes and Ms Barry said he deserved to die in jail.

"I think... he will get the full force of the law and probably die in jail and he deserves it.

"It doesn't matter that 30 or 40 or 50 years have gone by, it sends a really good signal to creeps like him that they can't continue to predate on the vulnerable," she said.

 

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