Bindi Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London.
Bindi Harris banged her head against a wall she was so
beside herself with shock when told that her famous father Rolf
had sexually abused her childhood friend, a London court has
At the start of Harris's third day in the witness box,
prosecutor Sasha Wass QC suggested Bindi, during a phone
conversation in 1997, accused the entertainer of assaulting
"Yes," Harris agreed.
Ms Wass told the jury Bindi had been "beside herself with
shock" and "she was banging her head against a wall".
The artist's daughter also smashed some paintings he'd given
her, Southwark Crown Court heard.
Ms Wass then suggested Harris told his daughter he'd actually
had a consensual affair with her friend that started when she
"I can't remember exact details of what Bindi said," Harris
told the court on Thursday.
The entertainer further said he couldn't remember "at this
stage" if his daughter had counselling around that time.
Harris on Wednesday admitted he may have sexually admired his
daughter's then 13-year-old friend when she joined his family
on an overseas holiday in the late 1970s.
That's when she claims he first abused her.
On Thursday he was grilled about the similarities between all
the allegations he was facing.
Ms Wass said there was a "common theme" in what the women
They met Harris during his role as a public entertainer, the
assaults started with a "friendly gesture" and the victims
were unable to move away or protest.
Further, the prosecutor continued, other people were present
or nearby and after the alleged assaults Harris acted "as if
nothing had happened".
"They are all giving similar lies if they are lying," Ms Wass
said, before asking Harris if he could explain that.
"No, I can't," the 84-year-old replied.
Ms Wass argued that the first assaults against Bindi's friend
and the alleged attack on NSW woman Tonya Lee in 1986, when
she was 15, were "almost identical".
"That's what she said," Harris said referring to Ms Lee's
"Considering she was wearing a duffel coat I find it hard to
believe any of it."
Ms Wass criticised Harris's statement to police that Ms Lee
may have made up her allegations "motivated by a desire for
fame and financial reward".
The prosecutor told the jury the fact somebody sold their
story and hired a PR agent didn't mean they weren't telling
She noted Harris had sold his autobiography and even employed
a PR firm to represent him during the current court case.
Ms Wass said the veteran entertainer's claim Ms Lee was in it
for the money was an attempt to "vilify" her in the same way
he'd tried to discredit Bindi's friend by suggesting she was
engaged in blackmailing.
"I'm just telling the truth," Harris said.
Ms Wass also pressed Harris on his claim that Bindi's friend
asked for STG25,000 to help save a bird sanctuary and
threatened to go to the newspapers if the money wasn't
The prosecution suggested the request was made in 1994 when
Harris started hosting Animal Hospital and well before the
alleged victim confronted Harris about the alleged abuse in
"She wasn't saying 'I want money for myself'," Ms Wass said.
But Harris insisted "she repeated the demand" in 1997 when
confronting him about the alleged abuse.
"There was always that (newspaper threat) hanging over me."
The 84-year-old is charged with indecently assaulting four
girls in Britain between 1968 and 1986. He denies all 12
The trial continues.