New Zealand MP tells: I was groped by Rolf Harris

NEW Zealand National MP Maggie Barry has revealed that Rolf Harris groped her during an interview.

Ms Barry, a former radio host, told RadioLive this morning that she was preparing to interview Harris in a radio studio in New Plymouth in the 1980s when he leaned in to her and touched her legs.

"In the studio he started to do the old wandering hands thing and I stood up and I said 'well you can stop that right now'... for a few moments I just saw his really nasty side."

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.

Topics:  courts crime editors picks indecent assault justice rolf harris

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Snitz sizzles to win qualifier with ease

IN FULL FLIGHT: Brisbane jockey Robbie Fradd streaks clear to win the $150,000 NRRA Country Championships qualifier on board Snitz, trained by Matt Dunn, at Clarence River Jockey Club.

SHORT priced favourite sends everybody home happy.

Ballina Players brings popular military drama to the stage

ON STAGE: John Rado as Colonel Nathan Jessep and Dylan Wheeler as Lt Daniel Kaffee in the Ballina Players production of A Few Good Men.

Tickets are on sale for their new production of A Few Good Men

Local Partners