Roy Harper on child sex charges

Veteran folk and rock performer Roy Harper is facing charges in relation to a series of historic sex offences against an underage girl.

Profile: Roy Harper

Roy Harper released him most recent album, Man and Myth, this year. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Influential singer-songwriter Roy Harper, 72, has been charged with a series of historic sex offences, police said.

  • Harper is a prolific performer has produced more than 30 albums during his career.
  • He performed a sold-out UK tour last month.
  • Rock band Led Zeppelin cite him as a major influence, and released the 1970 track 'Hats off to (Roy) Harper'.
  • Harper sang lead vocals on Pink Floyd's track 'Have a Cigar' on their 1975 classic album 'Wish You Were Here'.
  • Pete Townshend, Kate Bush and Fleet Foxes are others who have named Harper as a key influence.
  • He was awarded the MOJO Hero Award by the music magazine in 2005.

Folk singer faces charge of 'sex with girl under 13'

Charges against influential musician Roy Harper include two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, police said.

A West Mercia Police spokesman said:

The summons relates to two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, three counts of indecent assault on a girl under 14 and four counts of gross indecency with a girl under 14.

The charges are in connection with offences alleged to have taken place in Herefordshire between 1975 and 1977 and relate to one victim.

– West Mercia Police spokesman

A summons was issued to the musician on October 16, after he was voluntarily interviewed by police at Heathrow Airport on February 22.

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Singer Roy Harper facing child sex charges

Veteran folk and rock performer Roy Harper is facing charges in relation to a series of historic sex offences against an underage girl.

Roy Harper influenced bands including Led Zeppelin. Credit: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment

The singer-songwriter, who has performed with Pink Floyd and influenced rock band Led Zeppelin, has been summonsed to appear at Hereford Magistrates' Court on Monday, West Mercia Police said.

The 72-year-old, of Rossmore, Clonakilty, County Cork, in the Republic of Ireland, is facing nine sexual offences charges in total.