The night Bindi learnt about Rolf

It must have been one hell of a night for Bindi Harris.

On the same evening in 1997 as she learnt her famous father Rolf Harris was having an affair with the spiritual healer who lived in his granny flat, her best friend since childhood confessed she had been abused by him for more than a decade.

Various accounts have Bindi bashing her head against a wall and tearing up some of her father's paintings.

Whatever happened, we know for certain she had counselling to process these revelations. And whatever it was she told her counsellor at the time, we will never know. Bindi refused to release her records to the court on the basis they covered many traumatic and irrelevant issues. And that is key - because two wildly different accounts of that evening were related in court.

One version has Bindi's childhood best friend revealing Harris had repeatedly abused her from age 13.

The other version, Bindi's testimony, has the woman revealing the sex started at the age of "18 or 19".

One version would have given the jury enough evidence to send Harris to prison. The other would have put a huge hole in the case.

Crucially, however, there was a third witness to that crazy night of revelations.

Bindi's former partner Malcolm Cox was also there. Mr Cox said it was clear to him from what was said there had been a sexual relationship between the woman and Mr Harris "before the age of 16", that it constituted "abuse" and to suggest the woman was over 18 was "a lie".

His response that night was to demand Harris have nothing to do with Marlon, the then six-month-old son he shared with Bindi.

Prosecutor Sasha Wass suggested in her concluding statement that if it had been an adult relationship, Mr Cox would have had no reason to forbid access to his grandson.

The West Australian

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