– Rolf Harris will no longer be the face of British Paints but brand bosses say the move is unrelated to his arrest for questioning ove allegations concerning sexual offences.
More than three decades after their first television commercial, British Paints and Harris were reunited two years ago in an advertisement for its “4 Seasons” paint, using footage from his 1975 commercial and ending with his trademark can-tap and slogan – “Trust British Paints – sure can!”
But, heading into winter, the Australian showbiz legend will not be part of the advertisements. DuluxGroup has confirmed there are no immediate plans to reassure to the relationship.
British tabloid ‘The Sun’ recently reported Harris, 83, was arrested on March 28th as part of Operation Yewtree, launched after BBC television entertainer and disc jockey Jimmy Savile was exposed as a child-sex predator.
The allegations surrounding Harris are not linked to Savile and a understood to be historic.
While Harris is understood to have strongly denied the claims and has not been charged, his rand has nevertheless been in free fall. Last week, Britain’s Channel 5 confirmed it had dropped scheduled screenings of two Rolf Harris shows: “Olive the Ostrich” and repeats of “Rolf’s Animal Clinic”.
The station said: “While this legal matter involving Rolf Harris is ongoing we have removed the programs.”
Before the arrest media groups had been preparing to name Harris since last November when his home, west of London, was searched by detectives. However, Harris was widely identified in social media including Twitter.
British Paints has denied the decision to withdraw its Harris commercial was due to negative publicity – Eamonn Duff


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