Rolf Harris cleared of latest historical child sex charges

Jury in Rolf Harris sexual assault trial discharged

It had been a retrial for Harris on three counts after a jury in a previous trial failed to reached verdicts.

He will return home after he completed his sentence and was released from Stafford Prison part way through the trial.

Harris 87, was formally cleared of four counts of indecent assault against girls as young as 13 on Tuesday after a retrial ended with a hung jury.

They were discharged by Judge Deborah Taylor.

In a statement read by his lawyer Daniel Berke outside court, the Australia-born ex-Animal Hospital presenter said he wanted to be left "in peace" with his frail wife Alwen, 85.

The jury in the trial of TV star Rolf Harris has been discharged after failing to reach verdicts on four indecent assault charges.

Harris said: "Whilst I'm pleased that this is finally all over, I feel no sense of victory, only relief".

"Above all I want to thank my wonderful friends and family who have supported me and Alwyn over this hard period".

Harris left court in a media scrum without making any comment to waiting reporters before getting into a waiting auto.

The prosecution has told the court they were awaiting instructions as to whether the Crown would seek a re-trial.

Harris is also accused of attacking a 14-year-old girl at a youth music festival where he was presenting awards at the Lyceum Theatre in London in 1971.

Rees had argued that the complainants, unknown to each other, made very similar complaints that Harris quickly groped them at public events and the only reasonable explanation for such a coincidence was they were telling the truth.

Harris pleaded not guilty to the charges and didn't give evidence, according to ABC.

The fourth related to a 13-year-old girl who claims he touched her breast after filming BBC children's TV programme Saturday Superstore in 1983.

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