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New Zealand MP says entertainer Rolf Harris groped her

Published on Jul 4, 2014 11:26 AM
 
Entertainer Rolf Harris leaves Southwark Crown Court in London on June 30, 2014. A New Zealand politician on Friday recalled how Rolf Harris groped her when she was a radio reporter preparing to interview the now disgraced children's entertainer in the mid-1980s. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WELLINGTON (AFP) - A New Zealand politician on Friday recalled how Rolf Harris groped her when she was a radio reporter preparing to interview the now disgraced children's entertainer in the mid-1980s.

Maggie Barry, a sitting MP, said the incident gave her a chilling insight into the dark side of the Australian-born entertainer, who was convicted in a London court on Monday of a string of sex assaults against girls between 1968 and 1986.

Barry said she was in her mid-20s and working at a regional radio station when she lined up an interview with Harris, who was touring the country, expecting a light-hearted encounter in keeping with his affable public persona.

"(But) in the pre-record situation, when you're testing the microphones and all the rest of it, he suddenly started with the wandering hands and groping," she told Radio New Zealand.

 
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