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Rolf Harris Cleared Of Fresh Sex Assault Charges

Jurors failed to reach a verdict on four counts.

08/02/2017 12:32 GMT | Updated 08/02/2017 13:54 GMT
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Former Australian TV star gave no reaction as his fate was revealed

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris, 86, has been cleared of three historic sex assault charges. 

A jury at Southwark Crown Court took under a week to find him not guilty of assaulting a young girl on a visit to a radio station in the 1970s. 

He was also cleared of groping a blind woman at a hospital in 1977 and sexually assaulting a woman after filming a television show in 2004. 

Judge Alistair McCreath later dismissed the jury of seven women and five men of deliberating on four more counts.

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A sketch of McCreath summing up in Harris' (right) case

Harris appeared in a pale blue shirt on Wednesday and showed no reaction as the verdicts were delivered, The Telegraph reported.

Prosecutors have asked for a week to decide if they will apply for a retrial, according to BBC News.

Australian-born Harris is currently in jail serving time for 12 sex offences following a trial in 2014

His lawyers said Harris would likely be released for the current sentence later this year. 

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