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UK television stars in court to face sex charges

Published on Jan 15, 2014 6:30 AM
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Entertainer Rolf Harris leaves Southwark Crown Court in London on Jan 14, 2014. Three ageing stars of British television, including Harris, appeared in separate courts on Tuesday, all accused of raping or assaulting women and young girls. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Three ageing stars of British television appeared in separate courts on Tuesday, all accused of raping or assaulting women and young girls.

Australian entertainer Rolf Harris, TV soap star William Roache and veteran presenter Dave Lee Travis deny the charges against them, most of which date back several decades.

Roache, 81, is the world's longest-serving soap star, having played character Ken Barlow in the ITV show Coronation Street since its first episode in 1960.

As his trial in Preston, north-west England, got under way on Tuesday, prosecutors claimed Roache used his fame to rape or sexually assault five girls who were aged as young as 11 at the time, in the 1960s and 1970s.

 
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