Rolf Harris arrested as part of Savile probe, reveals The Sun
The veteran entertainer was arrested last month, but was only named in media today
ROLF HARRIS has been arrested and questioned over historic sex abuse allegations in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, it has been confirmed.
The 83-year-old Australian entertainer has been under investigation since November, when he was first interviewed by police under caution, five days after a raid at his home in Berkshire. Last month he was formally arrested as part of Operation Yewtree and is currently on police bail.
He is the latest of a string of celebrities to be arrested by Yewtree officers, although the allegations against him are not connected to Savile.
So far 11 men, including Freddie Starr, Jim Davidson, Dave Lee Travis, PR guru Max Clifford — who all deny wrongdoing — and Gary Glitter, have been arrested as part of the operation.
The Sun was the first national newspaper to identify Harris, although his name had been circulating on social media and other websites for several months.
The paper claimed that it had taken the decision to run the story because "the Met have repeatedly refused to confirm that Harris had been quizzed — amid public concerns over 'secret' arrests".
The Guardian's media blogger Roy Greenslade came out in favour of the Sun's decision. He revealed that Harris's lawyers had recently ordered a "relatively obscure" website to take down stories that named him, but added: "If someone is arrested, then it is justifiable to report that fact.
"We can't have a situation in which the police decide whether an arrested person is named or not, which appears to be current practice. Our crime and justice system must operate in daylight. The identities of people who are arrested should not be confidential matters."
The Guardian also reports that the entertainer's lawyers had invoked passages from the Leveson report in their letters to publishers who had named him.
Harris has been a fixture on British TV for more than 40 years and has presented TV shows including Animal Hospital. He has also enjoyed musical success with songs including Two Little Boys and a cover of Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven.