UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, a noted folk/rock singer with over 30 albums to his credit and cited as an influence by many artists, has been accused of nine counts of sexual assault of a child, the BBC reports. Harper is due in court to answer the charges on Monday, November 18.
The crimes, according to police, are said to have occurred between 1975 and 1977 in Herefordshire, and all relate to one young girl, who was just 12 years old when the alleged sexual abuse began.
The investigation has apparently been ongoing for awhile. Harper, who lives in Ireland, submitted to a voluntary interview with authorities at Heathrow Airport back in February, and the summons to appear was issued a month ago.
Harper, now 72, has been performing for nearly 50 years. He sang lead vocal on the Pink Floyd song “Have a Cigar” on their 1975 album Wish You Were Here, and has been named as an influence on bands and artists that include Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Kate Bush, Pete Townshend, and more recently, Fleet Foxes. He was the subject of the Led Zeppelin song “Hats Off to (Roy) Harper” in 1970.
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