Rolf Harris denies indecent assaults

Tuesday 14 January 2014 23.19
Rolf Harris was arrested by officers working on Operation Yewtree
Rolf Harris was arrested by officers working on Operation Yewtree

Entertainer and artist Rolf Harris has denied a series of indecent assaults.

The 83-year-old from Bray in Berkshire appeared at Southwark Crown Court and pleaded not guilty to 12 counts, alleged to have taken place between 1968 and 1986.

He stood in the dock and replied "not guilty" to each of the charges as they were read by the clerk.

He was accompanied by his wife Alwen, who arrived at court in a wheelchair, and his daughter Bindi.

The family had 11 seats reserved for relatives and members of the legal team.

Mr Harris made no comment to waiting reporters as he left the courtroom.

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

Mr Harris is due to face trial on 30 April.

The Australian artist, musician, and television presenter was arrested by officers working on Operation Yewtree.

The investigation was launched after abuse claims were made against Jimmy Savile, but the allegations against Mr Harris have no connection to Savile.