Rolf Harris appears in court on child sex charges

Monday 23 September 2013 17.33
Rolf Harris was accompanied to court by his wife Alwen
Rolf Harris was accompanied to court by his wife Alwen

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has appeared in court in London to answer charges of alleged assault against two teenagers.

The 83-year-old's lawyer indicated he will plead not guilty to nine counts of indecent assault and four of making indecent images of a child.

Mr Harris was accompanied to Westminster Magistrates' Court by his wife Alwen.

He spoke only to confirm his name, his address in Bray, Berkshire, and his date of birth.

The case will next be heard at Southwark Crown Court on 7 October.

The Australian artist, musician and television presenter is accused of assaulting two alleged victims, who were aged 14 and 15 at the time, between 1980 and 1986.

Sonia Woodley QC, representing Mr Harris, told the court his indicated pleas would be not guilty.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said: "Clearly my powers are insufficient in this case and this matter will be going to the Crown Court."

Mr Harris was released on bail on the conditions that he does not contact prosecution witnesses, lives at his home address in Bray and does not spend time with anyone under the age of 18 without being accompanied by someone over 21.