The star “vehemently denies any wrongdoing” according to The Sun, the first paper to name the star after months of rumours on blogs and social media. Previously the police were reported to have been questioning “an Australian entertainer from Berkshire”.

According to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the allegation came from one woman. Harris has not been charged with any offence.

Fairfax Media in Australia attempted to contact the star, who said he had “no comment” about the Sun’s story. Scotland Yard have not as yet named Harris.

The Australian star’s home was first investigated by police in November following up allegations in the Operation Yewtree.

In a statement released in March, Scotland Yard said: “An 82-year-old man from Berkshire was arrested by officers on Operation Yewtree on suspicion of sexual offences.

“He has been bailed to a date in May pending further inquiries. The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed ‘others’.”

Harris, 83, a talented painter from a young age, moved to the UK aged 22 to study painting at the City and Guilds Art School in Kennington.

He first appeared on BBC TV in 1953 illustrating cartoons, the start of his long career as a popular TV entertainer and Top 10 pop music performer.

He was awarded an MBE 1968, which led to an OBE in 1977 and a CBE in 2006. 

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