by Adrian Mack on Mar 29, 2013 at 11:26 am
It’s unconfirmed, but a man arrested on Thursday by London’s Metropolitan Police on suspicion of sex offences is thought to be children’s entertainer Rolf Harris.
Australian media outlet the Age reports, “The pensioner from Berkshire, west of London, is one of 11 people arrested so far under Operation Yewtree, which is investigating people linked to [BBC personality Jimmy] Savile.”
The same man, who was identified as “an 82-year-old Australian entertainer,” was questioned and then released by police in November. His home was searched at the time.
Britain has been rocked by revelations that Jimmy Savile, who died in 2011, was a known serial sex offender who first came under suspicion as early as the ‘50s. His victims were mostly underage females.
In the wake of that scandal, other entertainers have been arrested under the Met’s investigation into child exploitation, including Savile’s BBC Radio 1 and Top of the Pops co-presenter Dave Lee Travis.
For four decades, Savile was as ubiquitous to Britons as the royal family, with whom the entertainer and charity worker was close. In the ‘80s, he counseled Charles and Diana on their marriage.
Rolf Harris is also friendly with the monarchy, and was commissioned to paint a portrait of the Queen in 2006.
Tom Savage of UK paper The Star later named Harris in a tweet.