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article imageOperation Yewtree: Trial date set for entertainer Rolf Harris

By Layne Weiss     Oct 7, 2013 in Crime
Bray - Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, 83, will go on trial next April for indecent assault against young girls. He faces nine counts of indecent assault and four counts of taking x-rated images of a child.
Harris was excused from attending Monday's preliminary hearing in South Bailey, Sky News reports. A reason for why hasn't been revealed.
A plea hearing at Southwalk Crown Court has been tentatively set for January 14.
Harris' trial is set to begin April 30.
The Australian-born Artist, musician, and television presenter was questioned nearly a year ago by officers as part of operation Yewtree, which was triggered by the investigation into the Jimmy Savile Child Abuse Scandal. Under Operation Yewtree, many artists and entertainers have been arrested, charged, and/or put on trial for crimes of indecency or abuse. Such celebrities include UK publicist Max Clifford, rockstar Gary Glitter, and David Lee Travis, among many others.
Rolf Harris was arrested in March and then charged in August.
While he was arrested under Operation Yewtree which began as an investigation into the sexual abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile, the charges against Harris are in no way connected to Savile.
In August, Rolf was droppedfrom his Animal Hospital TV series.
In 2005, he painted a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, and performed at her Diamond Jubilee Concert last year. Very recently, Mr. Harris' painting of the Queen "vanished."
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