Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 26 May 2016

Rolf Harris faces seven more indecent assault charges

Published 12/02/2016

Rolf Harris is to be charged with seven counts of indecent assault
Rolf Harris is to be charged with seven counts of indecent assault

Entertainer Rolf Harris has been charged with seven more counts of indecent assault against girls as young as 12.

Harris, 85, is currently serving a six-year sentence for sex offences at Stafford Prison.

The alleged offences date from 1971 to 2004 and relate to seven complainants who were aged between 12 and 27 at the time, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

A CPS spokesman said: "We have carefully considered the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police Service as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to Rolf Harris.

"Having completed our review in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Harris to be charged with seven counts of indecent assault."

The Australian-born artist and musician has enjoyed a long and varied career, which has seen him perform for the Queen as well as paint her portrait.

He shot to fame in the 1960s with comedic song Jake The Peg, going on to become a major television personality in the UK in more recent decades with his catchphrase ''Can you tell what it is yet?''.

Harris will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on March 17.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed the seven charges are:

:: Indecent assault on a girl under the age of 14 years between July 10 and 11 1971.

:: Indecent assault on a girl under the age of 14 years between January 1 1977 and December 31 1977.

:: Indecent assault on a woman aged 16 years or over on September 17 1977.

:: Indecent assault on a woman aged 16 years or over between June 1 1978 and July 31 1978.

:: Indecent assault on a girl under the age of 14 years on December 31 1983.

:: Indecent assault on a woman aged 16 years or over between January 1 2002 and December 31 2002.

:: Indecent assault on a woman aged 16 years or over between April 27 2004 and April 30 2004.

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