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Harris kissed fans 'in brotherly style' - court.

ROLF Harris embraced children and fans in a "fraternal or brotherly" way, his former tour manager said.

Kenneth Jeacle, tour manager for Harris between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s, was asked by prosecutor Jonathan Rees if he had ever seen Harris pull a young girl or boy onto his lap at an autograph session.

Speaking via video-link from Australia, he told Southwark Crown Court: "Sure I have, but not as you describe it. I have seen and witnessed Mr Harris conversing with children at the instigation of the minder at the time, parent or guardian, whatever.

"They would at times be encouraged by their parents to perhaps sit on his knee or perhaps give him a kiss on the cheek, or the parent would ask would he kiss the child, which he would always comply.

"But there were never, shall I say, incidents in my presence that Mr Harris would be the instigator of touching a child or adult and draw him towards him.

"Mr Harris' attitude in these incidents was always that people would approach him.

"He would then perhaps open his arms and embrace them but in, shall I say, a fraternal or brotherly style or manner."

Asked by Stephen Vullo QC, defending, if he had ever seen Harris act inappropriately with his fans, he replied: "Categorically, never.

"Mr Harris was in my presence constantly respectful of children and parents alike."

Mr Vullo told the jury yesterday that the entertainer, 87, will not give evidence as part of his defence case.

He denies four charges of indecent assault against three women between 1971 and 1983.

Brian Venner, who worked at pro-

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