Entertainer held as part of Operation Yewtree
Rolf Harris has been questioned by police over historic allegations of sexual offences, it was revealed today.
He was held as a part of Operation Yewtree, the inquiry set up in 2011 following claims made against BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, although Harris’s arrest is unrelated. Senior officers have been investigating the TV legend since last November.
Harris was arrested on March 28, two days before his 83rd birthday, and bailed until May. The entertainer was also interviewed under caution in south London last November.
The Metropolitan Police did not name Harris when he was first questioned, and they have still not formally identified him. His name was first reported by The Sun newspaper this morning.
In March Scotland Yard announced: ‘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”.’
Harris is one of 12 people arrested in Operation Yewtree, which has three strands – ‘Savile’, ‘Savile and others’, and ‘others’.
PR consultant Max Clifford, comedian Freddie Starr, DJ Dave Lee Travis, comedian Jim Davidson and musician Gary Glitter have all also been questioned in connection with the investigation.