Musician Roy Harper, whose recently released album Man & Myth has been receiving acclaim, is to be charged with nine child sex offences over claims he abused a girl in the 1970s.
The UK Daily Mail reports that the 72-year-old singer-songwriter was questioned by police at Heathrow in February, and now faces charges of indecent assault and gross indecency. He will appear in court on Monday November 18 to be formally charged.
Harper has stated on his Facebook page and on Twitter that he “…vigorously denies the allegations that have been made against him and looks forward to clearing his name”.
A 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.”
Harper lives in Ireland and has released more than 30 albums, has performed with Pink Floyd, had a Led Zeppelin song named after him and was also the subject of a tribute concert, with Jimmy Page as a guest, at London’s Royal Festival Hall in 2011 to celebrate his 70th birthday.
It is believed that the charges brought against Harper are not related to Operation Yewtree, the Metropolitan Police investigation set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.