Rolf Harris was first questioned as part of Operation Yewtree last November . Curiously “the news” chose not to report on it, despite there being no legal reason not to.
I was reminded of a queer incident from 12 years ago, when I was writing for PlayLouder (RIP). A press officer friend of mine had told me about an old acquaintance of his who said he’d burgled Rolf Harris’ house and found a box of child porn. I included this anecdote, along with another about The Chuckle Brothers fondling each others’ balls beneath a cafe table, in my weekly column. Not long after the article went live (and remember this was before Google alerts) we were contacted by Rolf’s lawyers who threatened to go nuclear and destroy us unless we took it down immediately.
I was rapped on the knuckles, and the article was deaded. The Chuckle Brothers never got in touch.
From Bleeding Cool:
The Australian cartoonist Rolf Harris, who became one of Britain’s best known entertainers, has been reportedly arrested as part of the Operation Yewtree investigations on suspicion of sexual offenses.
Inspired as a result of hundreds of charges of paedophilia and sexual harassment being made against the late entertainer Jimmy Savile, a number of celebrities have been arrested, questioned or charged, including Max Clifford, Gary Glitter, Dave Lee Travis and Jim Davison.
Today the British press are reporting that an 82 year old man living in Berkshire was arrested, theAustralian press have named him as Australian and the Daily Star On Star journalist Tom Savage has named the individual as Harris.
He reports his sources;
And goes on to reiterate
Rumours were rife at the end of last year that Harris had been caught up in the investigation, andGuido Fawkes named him in January. He has also just reported the current news.
Rolf Harris is best known, to me at least, for his TV show Rolf Harris’ Cartoon Time and Rolf’s Cartoon Club that would teach a generation how to draw and appreciate cartoons and more. But many will know him for his music, songs such as Two Little Boys, Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, Jake The Peg and a more recent cover of Stairway To Heaven.
Still vastly popular, the Times newspaper cited his paintings as being responsible for an massive uplift in attendance last year at the Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery. He was also recently commissioned to paint at portrait of the Queen.