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Witness claims 'nobody would believe' Harris allegations

Detectives from Operation Yewtree ave visited a woman in Australia as part of their investigation into entertainer Rolf Harris. Credit: Channel 7

An Australian woman claims to have witnessed an alleged incident involving Rolf Harris in the bathroom of a London music studio in the early 1990s prompting British detectives to fly out to interview her.

The woman contacted the Metropolitan Police in November when she first heard of the investigation into Jimmy Savile.

She told Channel 7: "When I heard his name being bandied around and I'm like I think I can offer something here."

The allegations relating to Harris are not connected to Savile but detectives from Operation Yewtree are investigating both.

The woman claimed: "I was only young, and you know you don't run around saying Rolf Harris did this, because nobody's going to believe you."

Channel 7 reported that a second woman made contact with New South Wales Police in Australia claiming to have information relating to a separate alleged incident involving Harris in the 1980s.

Police are yet to formally interview the woman.

UK police in Australia as part of Rolf Harris investigation

by Ed Campbell - UK News Editor
Rolf Harris was arrested in March on suspicion of sexual offences. Credit: PA Wire

Detectives from Operation Yewtree have visited a woman in Australia as part of their investigation into entertainer Rolf Harris.

Two Scotland Yard detectives spent two hours in the house of the woman in New South Wales, Australia, earlier today.

According to ITV "Exposure's" Mark Williams-Thomas, a former detective who broke the Jimmy Savile story, at least one further allegation is also being investigated and this, along with a number of other enquiries, meant that it was necessary for officers to travel to Australia.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed detectives from Operation Yewtree were in Australia but would not comment further.

Rolf Harris was interviewed under caution in November last year, and arrested in March on suspicion of sexual offences. Harris is yet to comment on the claims.

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."


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:

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