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Rolf Harris Denies 12 Counts Of Indecent Assault
Rolf Harris has pleaded not guilty to indecently assaulting three girls aged between eight and 15, and a 19-year-old woman.
The painter, musician and TV entertainer arrived at Southwark Crown Court in London accompanied by his wife Alwen, who he was pushing in a wheelchair.
Harris has yet to be arraigned on four counts of making an indecent image of a child. This means the four charges have not yet been formally put to him in court.
He will stand trial on April 30. He made no comment to reporters as he left the courtroom.
The 83-year-old Australian is charged with 12 counts of indecent assault on the four alleged victims.
Six counts relate to the alleged abuse of a 15-year-old girl between April 5, 1980 and April 4, 1981.
Another count relates to a 19-year-old woman between January 1, 1984 and January 1, 1985, and three counts to a 14-year-old girl on May 31, 1986.
The last two counts relate to a girl of seven or eight between January 1, 1968 and January 1, 1970, and a 14-year-old girl between January 1, 1975 and January 1, 1976.
Harris was initially charged with nine counts of indecent assault in August last year. Last month, prosecutors confirmed they had added another three counts.
Harris, who was born in Perth, Western Australia, to Welsh parents, and moved to the UK in 1952, was arrested by officers working on Operation Yewtree.
The investigation was launched after the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal, but the allegations against Harris have no connection to the shamed DJ.
Harris, who has lived in the village of Bray, Berkshire, for the past 50 years, is on conditional bail.
The conditions are that he does not contact prosecution witnesses, lives at his home address, and does not spend time with anyone under 18 without being accompanied by someone over 21.
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