NZ woman lays Rolf Harris complaint

ANNA PEARSON AND SIOBHAN DOWNES
Last updated 08:56 11/07/2014
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CONVICTED: Australian-born entertainer Rolf Harris.
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MAGGIE BARRY: The former broadcaster was conducting a radio interview with Harris in the eighties.

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Police are to formally interview a Christchurch woman allegedly assaulted by disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris in the 1980s.

Lee Howden, a former makeup artist for Television New Zealand, told Radio NZ this morning that police would possibly send her video statement to United Kingdom authorities along with complaints from other New Zealand victims.

She said she thought there had been "numerous assaults" in New Zealand which were being collated for English police.

Howden last week described how Harris assaulted her in the 1980s while she was doing his make-up in a Christchurch studio for an on-air interview.

Howden alleges she was sexually assaulted by the 84-year-old while preparing him for an on-screen interview in a Christchurch studio in the 1980s.

''I did not complain at the time, because it was so swift. Looking back now, it was so calculated. I was just in total shock,'' she told Radio NZ.

She was co-operating with police to ensure ''justice'' for other New Zealand women, including young girls Harris allegedly assaulted in New Zealand.

"It's not so much justice for me, although yes, I do feel like a victim.

"I feel tremendously for the young victims, the young girls. He may have only got a couple of years but he has given them a life sentence."

''He is a total narcissist - in denial.''

Harris was last week found guilty in London on 12 charges of indecently assaulting four girls over nearly 20 years from 1968.

Witnesses from New Zealand and Australia gave evidence at the trial, but Harris was not charged with offences against them as the court did not have jurisdiction to prosecute incidents that took place outside Britain.

National MP Maggie Barry has encouraged New Zealand women assaulted by Harris to lay complaints with police, after sharing her own account of being groped during a radio interview with the entertainer in the mid-1980s.

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