It’s been reported this morning that telly favourite Rolf Harris has been arrested as part of the Jimmy Savile and “others” police inquiry which is named Operation Yewtree.
The Sun reports, “The 83-year-old TV star and singer was held over historic sex abuse allegations by police from the inquiry set up following the Jimmy Savile scandal.
“Senior detectives have been investigating Harris, who once painted the Queen, for more than four months.”
Police heading up the inquiry first raided Rolf’s home in Berkshire on November 24 last year, but he wasn’t at home.
He was then interviewed under caution on November 29 after going to a South London police station by appointment. The 83 year old star was then arrested on March 28.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said, “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 enquiries. The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed ‘others’.”
It’s understood that Rolf “vehemently denies any wrongdoing.”
Former Surrey police officer Mark Williams-Thomas, who helped to expose Savile’s alleged crimes in a TV documentary, named Rolf on Twitter as a person of interest to the inquiry.
That was around five months ago and since then, comedian Russell Brand was among a host of other celebrities who named Harris online, telling his 6.3 million Twitter followers, “Oh rolferoo not you too. #canyoutellwhatitisyet”.
Rolf is one of 11 men arrested by Operation Yewtree police since the inquiry launched last year. Other celebrities arrested include Freddie Starr, Jim Davidson, Dave Lee Travis, PR guru Max Clifford — who all deny wrongdoing — and convicted paedophile Gary Glitter.
A Crown Prosecution Service official has predicted another group of “high profile” suspects will be arrested in the near future.
Here’s a reminder of an interview with Rolf…