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Rolf Harris Denies Seven Further Sex Attacks Including Assault On Disabled Woman

Two charges relate to alleged attacks at the BBC

17/03/2016 16:51 GMT

Rolf Harris has denied seven further sex attacks, including an assault on a disabled woman and offences at the BBC, after appearing in London's Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Harris, who is already serving a six-year sentence at Stafford Prison for sex offences against four young girls, appeared in court via videolink.

The charges relate to alleged offences on girls and woman spanning four decades, dating back to the early 1970s, the court heard. They include an assault on a girl under the age of 14 at the BBC Television Centre in Wood Lane in west London in 1983 and another assault there in 2004. 

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Rolf Harris has appeared in court facing seven new sex assault charges

The 85-year-old is said to have molested girls at the Lyceum Theatre in Covent Garden, outside Radio Victory, an independent station in Portsmouth, and in Jesus Green, which overlooks the river in Cambridge.

Harris entered not guilty pleas on all seven counts.  

His barrister Stephen Vullo QC requested that the full details of the charges Harris faced were not read out in court in front of the "media circus", the Mirror reported. 

District Judge Quentin Purdy rejected the request, noting that it was a public hearing therefore the charges should be put in full. 

Judge Purdy sent the case to London's Southwark Crown Court where Harris will appear on April 14.

The seven allegations are:
  • Indecent assault on a girl under the age of 14 at the Lyceum Theatre in London in 1971
  • Indecent assault on a girl under the age of 14 outside Radio Victory in Portsmouth in 1977
  • Indecent assault on a disabled woman over the age of 16 outside a London hospital in 1977
  • Indecent assault on a woman over the age of 16 at Jesus Green in Cambridge in 1978
  • Indecent assault on a girl under the age of 14 at the BBC Television Centre in Wood Lane in 1983
  • Indecent assault on a woman over the age of 16 at Terminal's Studios in London in 2002
  • Indecent assault on a woman over the age of 16 at the BBC Television Centre in Wood Lane in 2004, and the alternate charge to this is one count of sexual touching on a female aged 13 or over at the BBC Television Centre in Wood Lane in 2004