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Rolf Harris faces more sex charges

London: Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, currently serving a six-year jail term for child sex crimes, is to be charged with seven more indecent assault offences dating back 45 years.

London's Metropolitan Police confirmed Harris will be charged with two counts of indecent assault of a girl under the age of 14 in 1971, 1977 and 1983 and four counts of indecent assault on a woman aged 16 or over in 1977, 1978, 2002 and 2004.

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Rolf Harris to face further sex charges in UK

The disgraced entertainer is being charged with seven more indecent assault offences in London.

Harris, a household name in his native Australia and adopted home Britain, was jailed in 2014 for repeatedly abusing young girls over decades when he was a popular host on children's television.

Britain's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Friday they had decided to take further action after police had gathered more evidence.

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, 86, faces seven further counts of indecent assault, and one of sexual assault, against ...
Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, 86, faces seven further counts of indecent assault, and one of sexual assault, against girls and women. Photo: AP

"We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Harris to be charged with seven counts of indecent assault," a CPS spokesman said.

"The alleged offences date from 1971 to 2004 and relate to seven complainants aged between 12 and 27 at the time of the alleged offending."

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The 85-year-old will appear at London's Westminster Magistrates Court on March 17.

Harris, an artist and musician, first earned fame with the top 10 hit novelty song Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport.

He is the most high-profile figure to have been convicted since British police launched a major inquiry into celebrity sex crimes, following revelations in 2012 that late BBC TV host Jimmy Savile had been a prolific child abuser.

Last March, Queen Elizabeth stripped Harris, who once painted the monarch's portrait, of a royal honour she herself had awarded him.

He is currently serving a term of nearly six years at Stafford Prison on similar charges.

Reuters, AAP