Rolf Harris has been charged in the assault of three children. The 83-year-old Australian entertainer faces 13 charges of indecent behavior with children.
The alleged incidents occurred between 1980 and 2012. Harris is accused of assaulting a 15-year-old girl in the early 1980s and a 14-year-old girl in 1986. Additional charges include creating indecent images of another child last year.
London’s chief Crown prosecutor, Alison Saunders, explains that officials have collected more evidence. The additional evidence led to more charges and a third arrest.
Rolf Harris’ close friend, Singer Vince Hill, was stunned about the allegations:
“This just isn’t the Rolf I know… whatever happens to him – and everyone is innocent until proven guilty – I’ll always be his friend… I find this incredibly unbelievable… whatever the outcome, we will never desert him.”
Harris was born in Australia in 1930. He moved to London in 1952 to pursue an education in the arts.
As reported by IMDB, Harris made his television debut in 1953. He started out a storyteller, often including sketches and paintings in his performance.
In the 1960s Harris added singing to his list of talents. His songs Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport and Two Little Boys became instant hits.
In the 1980s Harris focused on children’s programs.
Throughout his career, Harris received numerous honors for his work. In 1968 he was awarded an MBE, in 1977 an OBE, and in 2006 he was promoted to a CBE.
In 2012 he was honored as an Officer of the Order of Australia.
As reported by BBC, Rolf Harris’ arrests were part of police Operation Yewtree. The operation is rooted in allegations against DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Savile. Several other men were named in the operation, including Harris.
Rolf Harris’ connection to the allegations against Savile are unknown.
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