Rolf Harris, British Entertainer, in Court for Indecent Assault Trial

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 02:59 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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British entertainer Rolf Harris appeared in court Tuesday as jury selection begins; he is accused of assaulting four girls from 1968 to 1986.

Harris, 84, arrived in the Southwark Crown Court with his wife Alwen Hughes, according to the BBC News. Prosecutors are expected to start the case sometime this week.

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Harris, who once painted a portrait of Queen Elizabeth in 2005 and performed at her Diamond Jubilee concert in 2013, is charged with 12 counts of indecent assault. Authorities accuse Harris of assaulting girls as young as 7 years old. 

The Daily Mail reported in January that Harris entered not guilty pleas for all of the charges, and a judge ordered him not to contact the victims.

Harris was first charged with nine counts of indecent assault last August, but prosecutors added three more counts. He was initially arrested by officers who were investigating claims of abuse nationwide by the late British entertainer Jimmy Savile.

Harris' charges had no connection with the Savile case, according to The Daily Mail.

Prosecutors said Tuesday they will not charge comedian Freddie Starr, who had been arrested in 2012 on sex crime allegations as part of the Savile investigation.

Harris has been an entertainer for the past 50 years in England and Australia and was named an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2012.

Harris has received the Order of the British Empire honor three times. He was given the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1968, the Officer's medal (OBE) in 1977 and Commander's medal (CBE) eight years ago.

A native of Perth, Australia, Harris is known for his work in children's television programs and as an artist. His music career began in 1960 with the hit "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport" and then "Two Little Boys."

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