The presenter and DJ was interviewing Harris on television when the incident took place.
“When I shook his hand instead of shaking back he pulled me towards him and grizzled into the side of my neck,” she wrote in a column for the Guardian.
“As I recall I shoved him off, made light of it and proceeded with the interview. I remember it as icky, nibbly. Very beardy.
“But mostly I remember it as unremarkable. And that’s a problem – the problem when it comes to the media at that time. It’s not just that he bit me – it’s that neither I nor anyone else around me thought much of it when he did.”
Rolf Harris: A life in pictures
Rolf Harris: A life in pictures
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Rolf Harris in 'Stars on Sunday' TV Programme (1969 -1979)
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Rolf Harris and his daughter painting a wall together, 1967
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Rolf Harris on the 'Rolf Harris Show', 1973
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Rolf Harris in 1968
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Rolf Harris smiles during the 'The Rolf Harris Show' in 1973
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Rolf Harris with art book he wrote for children in London, 1978
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Australian entertainer Rolf Harris gets ready to blow his didgeridoo to promote a concert at Central Hall, Westminster, staged to raise money for research into cancer in children at the Royal Marsden Hospital.
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Rolf Harris sketches a picture of Bambi, 1986
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Rolf Harris and his wife at the David Frost's Society Party in London, 2001
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Rolf Harris performing at Glastonbury 2010
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Rolf Harris performs in 'The Rolf Harris Show' in 1973
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"Rolf Harris" book signing in London, 2010
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Rolf Harris with his portrait of the Queen at a London art gallery in 2010
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Rolf Harris at the Daily Mirror's Pride Of Britain Awards 2012 in London
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Rolf Harris and his wife Alwen attend the Press & VIP preview at The Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, 2010
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Rolf Harris surrounded by media leaves City of Westminster Magistrates Courts in London, 2013
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Entertainer Rolf Harris and his wife Alwen Hughes (L) arrive at Southwark Crown Court in central London, 6 May, 2014
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Rolf Harris is surrounded by members of the media as he leaves Westminster Magistrates Court, in central London, 2013
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Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London, 27 June 2014
Harris, 84, was jailed earlier this month after being found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault against four victims between 1968 and 1985. He was given a prison sentence of five years and nine months.
“It is possible for an evil to be – in the words of George Orwell – 'something too normal to be noticed'. The phrase 'hiding in plain sight' has been applied to Harris and Savile,” continued Laverne.
“It’s an apt one, especially as it involves an inability to see what is plainly there as much as it does cunning.”
Laverne added that she wasn’t sure if Harris biting her “was my worst experience that week”, going on to recall an incident where a musician called her a “fat f**king b***h” in her dressing room after she joked about his festival outfit.
“I didn’t complain about that either. It seemed like a one-off,” she said.
“Now I’m not sure it was. I think about my friends’ stories from those days. Make-up girls, runners, researchers, other presenters… Everyone’s experiences are the same, or worse. Like confetti – tiny fragments of apparently isolated, random awfulness that turn out not to be isolated or random, actually… everywhere.”Reuse content