British Stars Under Scrutiny

Three of the UK’s best entertainers were accused of serial sex abuse in three separate cases beginning Jan. 16.

Photo: AP Photo / Lefteris Pitarakis
Rolf Harris leaves Southwark Crown Court in London, Jan. 14.

Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis, Coronation Street actor Bill Roache and artist-singer Rolf Harris were accused of assaults against a total of 20 victims.

All three deny any wrongdoing.

All three were arrested and charged with various sexual offenses following the widespread publicity over BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, who died in 2011.

Savile was subsequently exposed as a pedophile who used his fame to allegedly abuse hundreds of children and adults.

Travis, 68, and Roache, 81, whose alleged victims spoke out after the media reports about Savile, went on trial in London and Preston.

Harris, 83, attended a plea hearing in London during which he denied committing a string of sexual offenses against children.

The BBC has been accused of editing footage of “Top of the Pops” to cover up an indecent assault on a teenage girl by Travis.

The alleged victim, who was 17 at the time, told Southwark Crown Court that the presenter put his hand up her skirt while introducing Father Abraham & the Smurfs singing “The Smurfs Song” in June 1978.

The DJ hosted the Radio 1 Breakfast show from 1978 to 1980 and was a regular host of Top of the Pops in the 1970s and 80s.

In another incident, he allegedly assaulted a woman while appearing as the “evil wizard” Abanazar in the pantomime “Aladdin.”

Roache, a Coronation Street actor for 53 years, reportedly used his fame to take advantage of “starstruck teenagers,” would-be actresses and autograph hunters.

Harris denied allegations of indecent assaults against three girls in their teens in the 1970s and ’80s and another of assaulting a younger child in the ’60s.