– For nearly six months, the identity of Australian entertainer Rolf Harris as a major target for British Police investigating sex abuse allegations has been a poorly guarded secret.
His home in Berkshire, west of London, was raided by Scotland Yard detectives last November. Five days later he was interviewed by appointment, but under caution, at a South London police station.
In the absence of any formal allegations or charges, major news outlets reported the explosive developments without his name, referring only to “an 83-year-old Australian entertainer”.
Notwithstanding a lack of formal confirmation from police, internet bloggers and the Twitterati didn’t hold back, openly linking Harris to sex assault claims arising out of the police investigation into the late BBC star Jimmy Savile. Still the mainstream media held firm. Until Friday.
Under a red banner that screamed “World Exclusive”, British tabloid “The Sun” named Harris as having been arrested over sex abuse allegations on March 28th, two days before his 83rd birthday. Harris has not been charged, and is understood to vehemently deny any wrongdoing.
‘The Sun’, the sister paper to the now defunct and discredited ‘News of the World’, reported that Scotland Yard said the man from Berkshire was one of 11 people arrested so far under Operation Yewtree, which is investigating people linked to Savile.
The spokesman told the paper there were three categories of people subject to the investigation: Savile, people close to the presenter and “others”. The then 82-year-old was in the last category, which is generally people who were in the public spotlight at around that time, the spokesman said.
When the front gate intercom was rung at the entertainer’s house, a sleepy-voiced Harris answered.
Asked if he had any comment on ‘The Sun’s’ story, he replied “no comment” and rung off.
The only sign of activity at the house was Harris’ dog, which came to the gate to watch the gathering media.
Scotland Yard has not publicly named the Australian entertainer. Fairfax Media understands that most of the London media were waiting on each other to name Harris, because of heightened legal fears after the phone hacking scandal, which also looked at informal communications between police and newspapers.
A well-connected media blogger, Guido Fawkes, said several newsrooms had confirmed the name after the first arrest last year.
However, they were concerned that publishing the name could trigger a raid by police trying to identify leaks within the Metropolitan Police.
Harris, a veteran artist, musician and entertainer, has been a regular fixture on television screens since he signed with the BBC in 1953. His musical hits include ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport’, in which he played a wobble board instrument, ‘Jake the Peg’ and ‘Two Little Boys’.
Generations of Britons grew up watching Harris’ work, which includes ‘Rolf’s Cartoon Club’, ‘Rolf On Art’, and ‘Animal Hospital’. In 2005, he was commissioned by the BBC to paint a portrait of the Queen – Nick Miller with Lisa Davies


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