Rolf Harris 'painting to cope'

The wife of Rolf Harris has said he has been painting every day to help him cope with the trauma of being accused of sex abuse. The 83-year-old was arrested last month by police investigating abuse allegations following the Jimmy Savile scandal.

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Rolf Harris 'painting every day' after arrest

Rolf Harris has been painting every day to help him cope with the allegations he faces of sex abuse.

Rolf Harris seen in 2012
Rolf Harris seen in 2012 Credit: Press Association

Speaking to the Daily Mirror his wife Alwen Hughes said his family was stunned, but standing by him, and would fight for his name to be cleared. She said:

"Yes, it has been quite hard but it's all right, we're still laughing. I hope it will be OK. Rolf will carry on working... he's painting every day."

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Rolf Harris arrest reported months after police quiz

It was revealed today that veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has been questioned by police investigating allegations of sexual abuse.

The 83-year-old TV personality was first interviewed by officers last November in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

The media's delay in reporting Harris's arrest raises questions about naming suspects in the wake of the Leveson Report.

ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning reports:

Rolf Harris 'arrested as part of Savile inquiry'

It is being reported that Rolf Harris has been arrested as part of Operation Yewtree, the investigation launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Media outlets had been aware of his identity but for legal reasons only reported that an 82-year-old man had been arrested.

Rolf Harris 'arrested as part of Operation Yewtree'
Rolf Harris 'arrested as part of Operation Yewtree' Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Operation Yewtree has three main lines: 'Savile', 'Savile and others' and 'others'.

Read more: 11th Operation Yewtree arrest

After his arrest in March, just days before his 83rd birthday, a Scotland Yard spokesman said: "An 82-year-old man from Berkshire was arrested by officers on Operation Yewtree on suspicion of sexual offences.

"He has been bailed to a date in May pending further inquiries.

"The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'others'."

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Rolf Harris 'arrested over historic sex abuse claims'

It has been reported that Rolf Harris has been questioned by police in relation to historic allegations of sexual abuse.

Rolf Harris 'arrested over historical sex abuse claims'
Rolf Harris 'arrested over historical sex abuse claims' Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

Reports claim that police questioned the 83-year-old under caution in November before he was arrested 28th March.

He has been bailed until May.

The Australian TV personality was arrested by police investigating claims made against Jimmy Savile, although it is reported that his arrest is unrelated to the former DJ.

The Metropolitan Police have refused to comment.