British Sex Abuse Probe Snares Another TV Legend
Rolf Harris, 83, suspected of 'sexual offenses'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 19, 2013 4:30 AM CDT
Queen Elizabeth II meets Rolf Harris and Kylie Minogue backstage at The Diamond Jubilee Concert in London Monday, June 4, 2012.   (AP Photo / Dave Thompson, Pool)

(Newser) – A sex-scandal probe has led to the arrest of another legend of British television. British police last year launched Operation Yewtree following allegations against the late Jimmy Savile, who has since been called one of Britain's biggest-ever sex predators. Now, it's Australian-born Rolf Harris, 83, who's suspected of "sexual offenses," according to police.

Harris, a singer, actor, and one-time painter of a portrait of the queen, has been on British TV for decades, often with the BBC. He was arrested March 28 but his name wasn't revealed by the media until today; he "has been bailed to a date in May," police say. Twelve people have now been arrested in Operation Yewtree, the New York Times reports, among them Gary Glitter.

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Winston_Smith
Apr 19, 2013 4:51 PM CDT
Good grief, I really hope this isn't true. He is the first singer I ever remember hearing on a record, when my parents bought me one of his albums as a preschooler; it had "Tie me Kangaroo Down, Sport", "Waltzin' Matilda" and many other fun songs on it. Then when I became a dad myself, I was pleasantly surprised to see him showing up on my kids' Wiggles videos, still making kids happy. Very sad.
milosleubner
Apr 19, 2013 2:56 PM CDT
How about seriously re-thinking our and others sexuality on much broader base , considering number of facts ,studies ,common truths which are currently ignored out of fear of bring labeled as a child abuser ,molester and god knows what else. Lets start with American age of consent = 18 y. in most states ,while the world recognises 12 to 16 being much more realistic. The fear and repressed sexuality has been artificially installed in the American man (and women in different way) it is fully illogical and it is worth while to scan the faces and behavior of the proponents of the further interference by the so called society into mysterious of any natural faculties of a human beings or rather what is left of human being in this social dictatorship. See your own fears and investigate , find the WHY in all that . Let's free the heterosexuals first.
sweetg
Apr 19, 2013 2:38 PM CDT
these guys should have become priests. you are allowed to do what you want to kids. no consequences what so ever.