ROLF DENIES SEX CLAIMS – Saturday April 20 2013

– The Australian entertainer arrested on suspicion of sexual offences has been named in the British press as Rolf Harris.
The legendary star, 83, has been under investigation by Scotland Yard since November after a woman made sex abuse claims against him relating to a period long ago.
Mr Harris, who has not been charged, reportedly strenuously denied the allegations but has declined to comment publicly.
His management would also not return calls.
Mr Harris was arrested last month and interviewed at length before being bailed to appear before investigating officers in May, pending further inquiries.
Two weeks ago, Mr Harris’ wife, sculptor Alwen Hughes, and his brother and manager, Bruce Harris, also declined to comment.
In November, just days after Mr Harris was presented with the Order of Australia he was awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, police raided his home in the picturesque village of Bray, in Berkshire, about an hour’s drive west of London.
Five days later he attended the South London Police Station to be interviewed under caution.
It was at this point he was told of the allegations against him. Friends described him as being shattered by the news.
It was not until March that he was again asked to appear at a police station, where he was formally arrested and bailed – though no charges had been laid.
That came just two days before his 83rd birthday.
Outside his riverfront home that day, a number of friends and well-wishers, including a neighbour and his two young daughters, stopped by for a small gathering.
It was not clear whether the Perth-born entertainer was home that day. There had been reports he had been living in a flat in London in recent weeks.
The claims against Mr Harris surfaced during a police investigation, dubbed Operation Yewtree, into British entertainer Jimmy Savile, who has been described as one of the worst serial child abusers in British history, suspected of molesting at least 400 victims.
The claims against Mr Harris were not linked to the Savile case. Yewtree has three limbs: cases involving Savile; cases linked to Savile, and; “others”, which was the category into which the allegations against Mr Harris fell.
Unlike in the cases of 10 other men so far arrested by Yewtree detectives – including former pop star Gary Glitter and comedian Freddie Starr – police would not confirm the identity of Mr Harris, nor the allegations against him.
Mr Harris, who painted a portrait of the Queen in 2005, is a bigger star in his adopted Britain than in Australia.
His TV show, ‘Rolf’s Animal Clinic’, still attracts more than a million viewers each week and a recent concert he performed was a sell-out.
Mr Harris, a married father of one, has been entertaining in song and painting for six decades since he arrived in London and wrote ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport’, which became a hit in both the UK and Australia.
Fans included the late Margaret Thatcher, who as prime minister cited the artist and his hit, ‘Two Little Boys’, as her favourite.
In 2006, Mr Harris received a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in addition to previous honours, including an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 1968, and an OBE in 1977.
He became a Member of the a Order of Australia (AM) in 1989.
He has also been presented with honorary doctorates and other entertainment industry awards – Charles Miranda

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