Folk singer Roy Harper appears in court over child sexual assault charges

The singer did not enter a plea when he appeared at Hereford Magistrates' Court

Folk singer Roy Harper, 72, has appeared in court after being charged with sexually abusing a young girl.

The alleged incidents took place from 1975 to 1977 and all relate to one victim who was allegedly abused from the age of 12. Harper appeared before Hereford Magistrates’ Court earlier today (November 18), facing two counts of sexual assault, three charges of indecent assault and four charges of gross indecency. All nine charges relate to one victim.

Harper did not enter a plea during the four minutes that he appeared in court, reports BBC News. The singer-songwriter was interviewed by police at Heathrow Airport in February of this year and the summons came to the English musician – who lives in Rossmore in County Cork, Ireland – last month.

Harper provided lead vocals on Pink Floyd’s 1975 track ‘Have a Cigar’ and Led Zeppelin named their 1970 track ‘Hats Off to (Roy) Harper’ in his honour. He released his 22nd album, ‘Man and Myth’, in September of this year, five decades after his debut release, 1966’s ‘Sophisticated Beggar’. He has toured with Joanna Newsom and earlier this year received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

His fifth album, 1971’s ‘Stormcock’, was recently named the 377th Greatest Album of All Time by NME.