Published Feb 06, 2015Back in 2013, veteran British folkie Roy Harper was accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl. Now, the songwriter has been acquitted of two counts of indecent assault, but he could face a retrial over some charges that are still outstanding.
Harper stood accused of assaulting an 11-year-old girl in the mid-'70s and a 16-year-old girl in 1980. At the culmination of a three week trial in Worcester Crown Court, the Western Morning News reports, he was cleared of indecently assaulting the 16-year-old and was also cleared of one of the counts against the 11-year-old.
Jurors, however, were unable to reach a majority verdict on five charges, all relating to the 11-year-old. These include two charges of indecent assault, two charges of indecency with a child, and one charge of having sex with a child. The jury debated the matter for 13 hours.
The judge has given prosecutors two weeks to decide if they want to seek a retrial for the remaining charges. Harper, meanwhile, maintains his innocence.
Harper has been on the music scene since the '60s. He's cited as an influence by many, and his name has been attached to high-profile peers like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Pete Townshend, Kate Bush and more.