The veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, who lives at Bray in Berkshire, is to face nine charges of indecency. The announcement was made this morning by the Crown Prosecution Service.
The 83-year- old, who has been honoured with an MBE, CBE and an OBE, was questioned as part of Operation Yewtree. It was the national police investigation sparked by allegations of abuse against Jimmy Savile. Our reporter Penny Silvester has more.
Rolf Harris, who lives in Bray, has been charged with nine counts of indecent assault and four counts of making indecent images of a child.
The 83-year-old is accused of the offences between 1980 and 1986 relating to two alleged victims.
Mr Harris will appear at Westminster Magistrates' court on Monday 23rd September.
We have carefully considered the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police Service as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to Rolf Harris, who was initially arrested on November 29 2012 over allegations of sexual offences. A file of evidence was passed to the CPS on August 12 2013. Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Harris to be charged with nine counts of indecent assault and four of making indecent images of a child."
– Alison Saunders, chief Crown prosecutor for CPS London