Roy Harper acquitted of historical sexual allegations
15 Sep 2016
The prosecution today offered no evidence against musician Roy Harper who faced charges of historical sexual allegations dating back over 40 years.
Outside Worcester Crown Court, Mr Harper said:
‘I said at the beginning of this process that I was innocent of these allegations. I have now been acquitted on all the charges that were eventually 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 in addition to that, the financial cost is hugely unfair. I lost my livelihood and I spent my savings… and more, on my defence.
I realise that 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 nonetheless 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 3 years ago. I’d like to thank everyone who’s continued to support me. Thank you all of you.’
Notes to Editors
Roy Harper is a 74 year old English folk rock singer, songwriter and guitarist. He has been a professional musician since 1964. Harper has released 22 studio albums and 10 live albums across his 50-year career.
He was first contacted by the police in connection with these allegations in February 2013. He was acquitted of a number of charges at trial in January 2015, and the prosecution initially sought a re-trial of the remaining counts. This case has now been reviewed by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, and a decision made to offer no evidence against him.
He was represented by Jenny Wiltshire, Partner, Hickman and Rose Solicitors and Adrian Waterman QC, Doughty Street Chambers.