Rolf Harris held for second time as Operation Yewtree cops probe fresh sex allegations

Published August 6, 2013 by JS2

More claims: Rolf Harris faces new historic sex allegations

The Australian entertainer and artist, 83, was released on bail after being held for a second time

Rolf Harris faced a new round of questioning yesterday as it was revealed police are probing fresh sex allegations against him.

The Australian entertainer and artist, 83, was released on bail after being held for a second time.

He was quizzed by detectives from Operation Yewtree – set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

Officers first raided Harris’s Berkshire home on November 24 last year but he was not in.

He was interviewed under caution five days later on suspicion of sex offences believed to relate to one woman who came forward following the Savile scandal.

Harris was first arrested in March and two months later officers travelled to Australia where they spent more than two hours taking a statement from mum-of-two Lauren Martell, 43, at her home in Sydney.

Lauren, who was a 19-year-old backpacker at the time of one alleged incident, contacted Scotland Yard in November.

It is understood she does not claim she was the victim of any offence. A second woman from Sydney has also spoken to British police.

It was unclear last night if the new claims relate to more alleged victims. Harris has been bailed until later this month.

The Metropolitan Police did not name Harris, but he was identified from the police’s case number – Yewtree 5. His arrests are not connected to the Savile strand of the investigation.

A spokesman said: “He has returned on bail today, where he was further arrested on suspicion of sexual offences in connection with further allegations made to Operation Yewtree. He has been re-bailed to a date later in August.

“This individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed ‘others’. We are not prepared to discuss further, nor comment on the identity of who the man arrested may be.”

No charges have been brought and Harris has strenuously denied any wrongdoing.

His latest arrest comes a day after he made an emotional appearance on stage. Harris performed at Wickham Festival in Hampshire, on Sunday night, telling fans: “Just before I go any further I would just like to thank you all for my support… for your support.”

He said: “I didn’t say it very well, but you know what I mean. Thank you for your support,” adding jokily: “… I will always wear it.”

Fans of all ages joined him in singing his classics, including Two Little Boys, Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport and a cover version of Stairway to Heaven.

Harris’s wife, Alwen, 81, has said he is painting to help cope with the stress.

Police have arrested 12 men as part of Operation Yewtree including convicted paedophile Gary Glitter, comics Freddie Starr and Jim Davidson, PR guru Max Clifford and DJ Dave Lee Travis.

All deny any wrongdoing and investigations are ongoing.

Daily Mirror

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