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UK TV presenter arrested in sex abuse probe
British TV presenter Rolf Harris has been arrested in sex abuse inquiry.
British TV presenter Rolf Harris has been arrested in sex abuse inquiry.
Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:18PM
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British TV entertainer Rolf Harris has been questioned on suspicion of committing sexual offences, media reports suggest.


British police questioned the Australian TV presenter under caution in November last year before he was arrested over allegations of sexual offences on March 28, The Sun revealed on Friday.

Harris was bailed until May as part of the Operation Yewtree investigation, which was set up after hundreds of allegations of abuse against former BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile emerged following his death in 2011.

The veteran entertainer was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in British Queen’s birthday honours of 2006. He also performed for the Queen Elizabeth II at her Diamond Jubilee concert last year.

After Harris’s arrest in March, a Scotland Yard spokesman said, "An 82-year-old man from Berkshire was arrested by officers on Operation Yewtree on suspicion of sexual offences.”

A total of 12 people have been arrested so far under Yewtree, including singer Gary Glitter, radio presenter Stuart Hall, former TV producer Wilfred De'Ath and comedians Freddie Starr and Jim Davidson.

Earlier in January, in a report by the police and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Savile was branded as one of the UK’s most prolific known sexual predators who used his celebrity status to “hide in plain sight.”

According to the report titled “Giving Victims a Voice,” some 214 crimes, including 34 of rape or penetration during 54 years of abuse committed by the presenter, were recorded across 28 police force areas.

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