Lawyer: Performer Harris to deny UK sex charges

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Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris intends to plead not guilty to indecent assault and child pornography charges, his lawyer told a London court hearing Monday.

The 83-year-old performer 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.

Harris, who was accompanied by his wife Alwen, spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth during the brief pre-trial hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Defense lawyer Sonia Woodley said Harris would deny the charges when asked to enter a formal plea at a later hearing.

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.Trial has been delayed in California for a former Las Vegas-area lawmaker facing felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from a high-speed freeway chase and fight with police the same day he was expelled from the Nevada Assembly.

A Friday pretrial hearing was reset to Sept. 27 in Victorville for Steven John Brooks II, 41, according to San Bernardino County Superior Court records.

Prosecutor Shannon Flaherty said Brooks has a new lawyer who sought time to become familiar with the case.

The attorney Sean O'Connor didn't immediately respond Friday to a message.

Brooks pleaded not guilty Aug. 6 to felony charges of evading and obstructing an officer and throwing a substance at a police vehicle, and a misdemeanor charge of harming a police animal. He could face more than five years in prison if he's convicted of all charges.

He is being held on $100,000 bail at the San Bernardino County jail in San Bernardino.

Brooks was a second-term Democrat from North Las Vegas when he became the first state lawmaker ever expelled from the Nevada Legislature on March 28. Colleagues called him a security threat.

Brooks was arrested hours later after allegedly leading police on an 80-mph chase on Interstate 15 from Barstow to Victorville, fighting with officers trying to subdue him at gunpoint, and attacking a police dog with a wrench.

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