Rolf Harris to face retrial on indecent assault allegations

DISGRACED former children's entertainer Rolf Harris is scheduled to appear in court this week to face a retrial on allegations he indecently assaulted three teenage girls.

Harris, 86, has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he indecently touched a 14-year-old girl at a youth band event in 1971, and a 13-year-old girl at the BBC studios in 1983, who he is alleged to have groped while uttering the words "do you often get molested on a Saturday morning.''

He is also facing a retrial on allegations he indecently assaulted a 16-year-old girl in the back of a car by running his hand up her thigh during the filming of the TV variety show Star Games at Cambridge in 1978. A new charge alleges he also assaulted the girl by earlier touching her breast.

Harris is listed to appear by video-link at Southwark Crown Court on Monday for a trial expected to take two weeks.

In February, he was cleared by a jury of charges alleging he had assaulted two women and a girl over a period of years around London.

He is currently serving a five-year, nine-month jail term after being convicted by a jury of indecently assaulting four other women and girls.

He continues to assert his innocence on those matters.

If he is cleared of the last tranche of offences, he would expect to be released from the low-security Stafford prison almost immediately, after having served half of his original head sentence.