British Sex Abuse Probe Snares Another TV Legend

Rolf Harris, 83, suspected of 'sexual offenses'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 19, 2013 4:30 AM CDT

(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.

Queen Elizabeth II meets Rolf Harris and Kylie Minogue backstage at The Diamond Jubilee Concert in London Monday, June 4, 2012.
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)
Australian entertainer Rolf Harris holds up the Fellowship Award after winning it at the British Academy Television Awards in London, Sunday, May 27, 2012.
Australian entertainer Rolf Harris holds up the Fellowship Award after winning it at the British Academy Television Awards in London, Sunday, May 27, 2012.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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