Rolf Harris has been bailed by police after his arrest for suspected sexual offences.
The 83-year-old Australian entertainer has been questioned twice by police – in November 2012 and in March – as part of the ongoing Operation Yewtree enquiry set up in the wake of sexual allegations against the late Jimmy Savile.
Harris has not been identified by police and is known as ‘Yewtree 5’, one of 12 people involved in broadcasting or entertaintment to be arrested by police. But The Sun newspaper and the BBC publically named him.
Harris was interviewed under caution on November 29 last year, five days after a search warrant was executed at his home in Berkshire.
The Australian-born entertainer, made a CBE in 2006, was also appointed Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list last year. He was recognised for his service to the performing and visual arts, to charitable organisations and to international relations through the promotion of Australian culture.
His hits include Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, Two Little Boys and Stairway to Heaven, and he also painted an official portrait of the Queen for her 80th birthday.
After his arrest in March, just days before his 83rd birthday, a Scotland Yard spokesman said: “An 82-year-old man from Berkshire was arrested by officers on Operation Yewtree on suspicion of sexual offences.
“He has been bailed to a date in May pending further inquiries. The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed ‘others.'”