THE RECENT arrest of famous Australian entertainer Rolf Harris has been linked to UK child sex charges as part of Operation Yewtree.
The Sun officially connected Harris to the sexual abuse inquiry after four months of police investigations involving Harris, confirming social media suspicions of the identity of the previously unnamed entertainer on international social media channels.
Operation Yewtree was established last October to investigate historic allegations of sexual abuse, namely child sexual abuse, by English DJ and BBC presented Sir Jimmy Savile (who died in 2011) and other celebrities.
Harris was arrested on March 28, following the raiding of his home on November 24 last year and interviewed under caution five days later. He was held as part of the wide-ranging inquiry set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, however the alleged offences are not linked to the former BBC DJ and TV presenter.
Police have refused to give any details of the allegations.
“An 82-year-old man from Berkshire was arrested by officers on Operation Yewtree on suspicion of sexual offences,” A Scotland Yard spokesperson said at the time.
“He has been bailed to a date in May pending further enquiries. The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed ‘others’.”
Harris, now 83, apparently “vehemently denies any wrongdoing”.
Harris was appointed a member of the Order of Australia in 1989 and last year was made Officer (AO) in the Queen’s birthday honours for service to entertainment, charity and the community amongst a number of other British honours.
As one of Australia’s most famous performers, he was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 2008.
The Sun also reports other celebrities arrested include Freddie Starr, Jim Davidson, Dave Lee Travis, PR guru Max Clifford – who all deny wrongdoing – and Gary Glitter.