TV’s Rolf Harris faces new charges

AFP-JIJI

Veteran Australian entertainer Rolf Harris, who will stand trial in April accused of indecently assaulting two underage girls, will face three further charges of sexual assault, Britain’s public prosecutor said Monday.

“The three counts will be prosecuted in addition to the 13 alleged sexual offenses with which Mr. Harris was charged on 29 Aug. 2013,” said a Crown Prosecution Service spokesman.

The additional charges are for assault, relating to a girl age 19 in 1984; indecent assault on a girl age 7 or 8 in 1968 or 1969; and indecent assault on a girl age 14 in 1975.

Harris, 83, who has long been a fixture on British television, already faced nine counts of indecent assault, as well as four counts of making indecent images of children.

Harris is one of several older celebrities who have been arrested under a police probe into historical abuse set up in the wake of revelations that the late BBC star Jimmy Savile was a prolific sex offender.

Harris, who moved to England in 1952, has received honors from both Britain and Australia.

As a singer, he topped the Australian charts in 1960 with “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport” and the British charts in 1969 with “Two Little Boys.”