Lawyer: Performer Harris to deny UK sex charges

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A lawyer for Rolf Harris says the veteran entertainer will plead not guilty to indecent assault and child pornography charges.

The 83-year-old appeared in a London court Monday for a pre-trial hearing. He faces nine counts of indecent assault on victims aged 14 and 15 and four counts of making indecent images of children. The alleged incidents stretch back to the 1980s.

Defense lawyer Sonia Woodley said Harris would deny the charges.

Australia-born Harris has been a British broadcasting stalwart for decades. He has had musical hits with "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" - which he once performed with The Beatles - and "Two Little Boys."

He also has hosted television shows and painted an official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

His next court appearance is set for Oct. 7.

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