British media name Rolf Harris in police inquiry

April 19, 2013

LONDON (AP) — British media say veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has been arrested as part of a police investigation into sexual abuse allegations stemming from the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Britain's major media outlets followed The Sun newspaper Friday in identifying Harris, an Australian-born artist, musician and children's television host who is a household name in Britain.

Asked about Harris, London's Metropolitan Police said they would not name suspects who have not been charged.

Police said an 82-year-old man in Berkshire, west of London, was arrested March 28 as part of Operation Yewtree, an inquiry into allegations of sex abuse against TV personality Savile, who died last year. The man was later released on bail.

Police said the allegations against the man were not directly connected to Savile. Harris turned 83 on March 30.