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TV entertainer cleared in second UK sex abuse trial

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/8/2017
FILE - In this Monday, June 30, 2014 file photo, veteran entertainer Rolf Harris leaves the Southwark Crown Court in London. Harris, who is serving a prison sentence for a string of sexual abuses against young girls, has been cleared on another three charges of sexual assault. He was found not guilty Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 of three of seven assaults said to have taken place over four decades. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, file) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Monday, June 30, 2014 file photo, veteran entertainer Rolf Harris leaves the Southwark Crown Court in London. Harris, who is serving a prison sentence for a string of sexual abuses against young girls, has been cleared on another three charges of sexual assault. He was found not guilty Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 of three of seven assaults said to have taken place over four decades. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, file)

LONDON (AP) — Television entertainer Rolf Harris, who is serving a prison sentence for sexual abuse against young girls, has been cleared in Britain in another case.

The 86-year-old artist-musician was convicted in 2014 of 12 sex offences against four victims. He was found not guilty Wednesday of three of seven assaults said to have taken place over four decades. The judge discharged the other counts.

Harris' defense team had argued that his first trial "made him vulnerable to people making accusations against him."

For decades, Harris cultivated the image of a kindly uncle on TV shows in Britain and Australia. He performed for Queen Elizabeth II and painted her 80th birthday portrait before the sex abuse cases.

He is still serving a five-year, nine-month sentence in the original case.

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