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ROLF Harris has said he feels “only relief” after a jury failed to reach a verdict on indecent assault charges.

The 87-year-old from Maidenhead, Berks, had been accused of indecently assaulting three teenage girls, the youngest of whom was 13, at public events between 1971 and 1983.

Judge Taylor formally founf Harris not guilty of all four charges of indecent assault, which he had denied.

The case was a retrial for Harris on three of the four counts, after a jury in a previous trial at the same court also failed to reach verdicts. Rolf Harris walks free after jury fails to reach a verdict on indecent assault charges

Prosecutors have also announced they will not seek another retrial.

Jonathan Rees QC told London’s Southwark Crown Court: “We have reviewed whether it would be appropriate to seek a further retrial on these allegations.

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They included a woman who alleged he groped her at a music event in London when she was 14 in 1971, and a 16-year-old who told jurors he touched her inappropriately during filming of ITV show Star Games in 1978.

The 13-year-old alleged he molested her after the broadcast of an episode of BBC children’s programme Saturday Superstore in 1983. Harris did not give evidence, with his lawyers saying he did not remember any of the events in question.

But his lawyers claimed that the women were motivated by greed, coming forward after he was convicted in June 2014 of 12 counts of indecent assault.

Harris left HMP Stafford on licence part-way through his retrial after serving less than three years of a five-year, nine-month sentence handed down in June 2014 for 12 unconnected indecent assaults.

Born in Perth, Australia, Harris came to England in 1953, aged 22, to study and a year later presented a children’s art show on the BBC. He also performed piano accordion in a pub popular with Australians and New Zealanders.

He returned to Australia and did more TV work, before starting a recording career.

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