Glastonbury regular Rolf Harris in court for child sex charges
FORMER Glastonbury regular Rolf Harris will appear in court today charged with nine counts of indecent assault and four counts of making indecent images of a child.
The 83-year-old is accused of assaulting two alleged victims, who were aged 14 and 15 at the time, between 1980 and 1986.
Mr Harris was questioned under caution in November last year by officers working on Operation Yewtree, the investigation launched after abuse claims were made against entertainer Jimmy Savile.
Mr Harris was arrested in March and charged in August.
The allegations against him have no connection to Savile.
The Australian artist, musician and television presenter is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court today.
Mr Harris, who painted a portrait of the Queen in 2005 and performed at her Diamond Jubilee concert last year, has been in the public eye for decades.
He had his first musical hit, Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport in 1960, and continued to enjoy success in the industry as well as forging a television career.
He performed at Glastonbury Festival in 1993 and was later named the best entertainer ever to have appeared at Glastonbury. He has since appeared four more times at subsequent Glastonbury festivals and last appeared there on June 27, 2009 on the Jazz World Stage to a packed crowd.
Mr Harris, who has lived in Bray, Berkshire, for more than 50 years, has also received a number of honours and was made Officer of the Order of Australia in the queen's birthday honours last year.