Folk singer Roy Harper ‘left incredibly angry’ after sexual abuse charges are dropped

Harper had been accused of abusing two girls in the 1980s and 1970s

Folk singer Roy Harper has spoken of his anger and intent to resume his career after sex abuse allegations against him were dropped.

Harper was recently acquitted of two indecent assault charges, one of allegedly assaulting a 16-year-old girl in 1980 and one of abusing an 11-year-old in the mid-1970s.

Speaking following a three-year battle to clear his name, Harper has said: “I have now been acquitted on all the charges that were brought. This case should never have gone as far as this, or taken so long to resolve.”

“The psychological and personal cost to my wife and myself has been enormous and the financial cost hugely unfair. I lost my livelihood and I spent my savings… and more, on my defence.”

Harper added: “I realise these are difficult issues at this time in this society, and I thank my lawyers for standing by me and working so hard to show the truth. Despite coming out of this without a blemish on my name, I cannot recoup my costs and that’s left me incredibly angry.”

“I’m now going to restart my working life where I left off nearly three years ago. I’d like to thank everyone who’s continued to support me. Thank you, all of you.”

A Crown Prosecution Service spokesperson said: “We keep all our cases under constant review and in this case it was decided that based on the strength of the evidence there is no longer a realistic prospect of a conviction. We will be meeting with the complainant and her family in order to fully explain our decision.”

A hugely influential musician, Harper provided lead vocals on Pink Floyd’s 1975 track ‘Have a Cigar’, while Led Zeppelin named their 1970 track ‘Hats Off to (Roy) Harper’ in his honour.

Harper released his 22nd album, ‘Man and Myth’, in September 2013, nearly five decades after his debut release, 1967’s ‘Sophisticated Beggar’. He has toured with Joanna Newsom and his fifth album, 1971’s ‘Stormcock’, was named the 377th Greatest Album of All Time by NME.