Roy Harper, who sang lead vocal on Pink Floyd’s 1975 classic “Have a Cigar” and is widely acknowledged as an influence on Led Zeppelin, has been charged with nine counts of sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl.
The charges stem from contact Harper had with the girl beginning in 1975 and ending in 1977, when he was at the height of his popularity and influence.
During the 1970s, Harper wrote and recorded 8 albums at the legendary Abbey Roads Studio for Harvest Records, although even at the time his manager, Peter Jenner, acknowledged “he was a bit crazy.”
West Mercia Police indicated that all the alleged offenses relate to one victim. He was questioned in February, as he returned from a tour that continued to sell out venues as recently as last month.
Authorities did not indicate whether the charges against him were related to Operation Yewtree, Scotland Yard’s ongoing investigation into sexual misconduct among prominent British entertainers in the 1970s.
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