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Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris stripped of CBE

2015-03-03 18:36:20

Rolf HarrisHarris was jailed for indecent assaults on four girls

Disgraced former entertainer Rolf Harris has been stripped of his CBE, according to an official announcement in the London Gazette.

Harris, 84, was jailed in July for five years and nine months for 12 indecent assaults on four girls aged from seven or eight to 19, between 1968 and 1986.

His victims included a young autograph hunter, two girls in their early teens and a friend of his daughter.

He has already lost a Bafta fellowship and accolades in his native Australia.

The announcement states: "The Queen has directed that the appointment of Rolf Harris to be a Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, dated 17 June 2006, shall be cancelled and annulled and that his name shall be erased from the Register of the said Order."

Harris received his CBE from the Queen after he painted the monarch's portrait the previous year to mark her 80th birthday. He had previously been awarded an MBE and an OBE.

Royal honours are forfeited in circumstances where Buckingham Palace considers the system to have been brought into disrepute.

A recommendation is made by the Honours and Appointments Secretariat to the Forfeiture Committee. The decision must be approved by the Queen.

Harris had his Officer and Member of the Order of Australia honours removed last month.

Appeals

The artist, TV presenter and musician was found guilty of all 12 indecent assaults of which he was accused in his trial at Southwark Crown Court in London.

Last year, Attorney General Jeremy Wright decided not to refer Harris's sentence to the Court of Appeal despite 150 complaints over its "leniency".

Mr Wright said he did not think judges would find it to be unduly lenient and increase it.

In October, Harris lost the first round of a legal challenge against his conviction.

The Metropolitan Police has said it has received "a number of allegations" about Harris since his conviction, which are being investigated.

Mr Justice Sweeney said upon sentencing that Harris took advantage of his celebrity status and had shown "no remorse".

In the wake of his conviction a mural of the former entertainer was painted over on a wall at the Sheffield Archives. Labour councillor Isobel Bowler said it was inappropriate to keep the artwork on show.

Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir in Wrexham stripped Harris of the title of honorary vice-president, which he had held since 2010, and removed photos of him from from its website.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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