Published Monday, 07 October 2013
Rolf Harris was not in court on Monday. (© WENN)
The 83-year-old faces nine counts of indecent assault and four of making indecent images of a child.
Harris was excused from attending Monday's preliminary hearing before Mr. Justice Nicol at the Old Bailey in London.
A plea hearing at Southwark Crown Court was provisionally set for 14 January.
Harris' lawyer indicated at Westminster Magistrates' Court last month that he will plead not guilty to the allegations.
The presenter was first arrested in March by detectives from Operation Yewtree, which was launched in the wake of abuse claims made against disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile.
He was arrested for a second time in August.
The presenter has enjoyed huge success in the entertainment industry, getting his first big break in 1967 when he began hosting his own BBC1 programme, The Rolf Harris Show, before moving on to children's television in the 1980s.
He then hosted Animal Hospital from 1994 to 2004.
The Australian has lived in Berkshire for more than 50 years and was awarded an MBE in 1968, an OBE in 1977 and a CBE in 2006.
He was also made Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours list last year.
Harris's trial will start on 30 April.
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