U.K. Entertainer Rolf Harris Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Girls

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LONDON - British television personality Rolf Harris was found guilty Monday of sexually assaulting four girls over nearly 20 years, becoming the latest U.K. media figure to be convicted in a slew of scandals involving historic sex offences, The 84-year-old Australian-born artist and children's television host - who once painted an official portrait of Queen Elizabeth - had denied all 12 counts of indecent assault. Some of Harris' victims were as young as seven or eight. He will be sentenced on Friday.

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In 2012, allegations that late TV host Jimmy Savile had abused hundreds of people over a period of decades prompted sex allegations against other British household names. In April, Britain's so-called "King of Spin" Max Clifford was convicted of eight counts of indecent assault. Dave Lee Travis, one of the country's best-known radio DJs, was cleared in February of a string of indecent assault charges dating back to the 1970s but was charged with another in April.


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