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Rolf Harris is cleared of 3 new sex assault charges

DISGRACED entertainer Rolf Harris has been cleared of three sex charges.

The former children’s TV star was acquitted of three out of seven alleged assaults said to have taken place over four decades.

The jurors failed to return a verdict on the four other counts at the trial at London’s Southwark crown court.

The Australian is in prison after being convicted in 2014 of 12 historic sex offences against four female victims including one aged seven or eight. But his defence team claimed the jury in the first trial had ‘got it wrong’ and the media frenzy had ‘without doubt made him vulnerable to people making accusations against him’.

The 86-year-old declined to give evidence at his second trial but watched in silence from Stafford prison and later from the dock.

The pensioner showed no reaction as the latest verdicts were read out by the jury forewoman. He was cleared of indecently assaulting a young autograph hunter at a radio station in Portsmouth in the 1970s.

He was also cleared of groping a blind, disabled woman at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London in 1977 and of sexually assaulting a woman in her 40s in 2004.

Prosecutors asked for a week to decide if they will apply for a retrial.

Harris is expected to be automatically released from prison in July.