The 83-year-old, dressed in a dark suit and colourful tie, was accompanied by his wife and middle-aged daughter as he entered Westminster Magistrates’ Court past a huge media scrum.

He only spoke briefly inside the courtroom to confirm his personal details. Harris’s lawyer, Sonia Woodley QC, said the Australian entertainer would be pleading not guilty.

Harris is facing six counts of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl in 1980 and 1981 and three charges of indecent assault on a girl aged 14 in 1986.

He is also charged with four counts of making indecent images of a child in the first half of 2012.

For charges relating to alleged offences since 1985, he could face up to years jail if convicted.

Harris was bailed and his case referred to Southwark Crown Court where he is due to appear on October 7.

He remains on conditional bail and is banned from contacting 10 witnesses who can’t be named for legal reasons.

The artist and singer also is not to have contact with anyone under 18 unless accompanied by a person over the age of 21.

Harris was first questioned by police concerning the allegations in late 2012 and charged at the end of August this year.

He has not commented publicly but has performed two shows since being named in the press.

It was revealed on the weekend his paintings have been removed from Cunard cruise liners, including the Queen Mary 2, and that he has been replaced as the narrator of children’s TV show Olive the Ostrich by stand-up comic Alexei Sayle.

Last month, Harris was dumped as the host of British television show Animal Clinic and it became public in April he’d been axed as the face of British Paints.

Harris on Monday walked slowly from the court building with his wife Alwen, who was using a walking stick, and daughter Bindi, as police pushed back a tightly packed crowd of photographers and cameramen.

The couple struggled for room to get into their waiting silver Chrysler as they left.