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Rolf Harris In Court On Child Sex Charges
Rolf Harris has appeared briefly in court charged with nine counts of indecent assault and four counts of making indecent images of a child.
The 83-year-old entertainer arrived at Westminster Magistrates' Court with his wife Alwen at his side.
Wearing a dark suit, striped shirt and patterned tie, he said nothing to reporters as he walked into the building flanked by security guards.
He left court around 30 minutes later, surrounded by a throng of reporters and photographers as he climbed into a waiting car.
Harris is accused of assaulting two alleged victims, who were aged 14 and 15 at the time, between 1980 and 1986.
The charges of making indecent images of a child date back to last year.
During the hearing, Sonia Woodley QC, defending, said Harris had indicated he would plead not guilty.
The Australian-born artist, musician and TV presenter was questioned under caution last November by officers working on Operation Yewtree, the investigation into abuse claims against Jimmy Savile.
He was arrested in March and charged in August.
The allegations against him have no connection to Savile.
Harris, who has lived in Bray, Berkshire, for more than 50 years, has been in the public eye for decades.
He fronted the popular TV programme Animal Hospital and had several musical hits, many of which featured his famous wobble board.
He painted a portrait of the Queen in 2005 and performed at her Diamond Jubilee concert last year.
His next court appearance will be at Southwark Crown Court on October 7.