Folk Musician Roy Harper Cleared of Two Child Sexual Abuse Charges, Could Face Retrial
Following more than two weeks of trial and jury deliberation, English folk-rock musician Roy Harper was cleared of two child sex charges on Thursday. But he could face a re-trial.
The singer-songwriter -- who is best known as the singer of Pink Floyd's "Have a Cigar" and the subject of Led Zeppelin's "Hats Off to (Roy) Harper" song off their album Zeppelin III -- had been charged with two counts of indecent assault, two of indecency with a child and one of having sex with a child. The alleged incidents date back to 1980, allegedly assaulting a 16-year-old girl, and the mid-1970s, when a victim claimed she was abused as an 11-year-old.
Jurors deliberated for more than 13 hours and failed to agree majority verdicts, reports the Western Daily Press. But it may not be the end, as judge Robert Juckes QC gave prosecutors two weeks to decide whether they would like to seek a retrial no the remaining charges relating to the younger complainant. Harper denies all the allegations.