Storied folk singer Roy Harper will take to the dock next year.

Back in November, news emerged that the 72-year-old had been charged with a string of historic sexual assault offences. As NME report, it has now been confirmed that Harper will stand trial next year. The trial date has been slated for August 2014, with the singer set to appear at court for a plea hearing on March 24. Harper, who currently resides in Ireland, is currently on unconditional bail.

Harper stands accused of two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, plus three charges of indecent assault and four of gross indecency. All charges relate to the same victim, and date back to the mid 1970s.

Harper was due to share a bill tonight with Eric Clapton and Robert Plant at London’s Royal Festival Hall as part of a Bert Jansch tribute gig, but he has now pulled out. His best known work remains 1971’s exploratory, politically charged Stormcock, and he released new album Man and Myth – his first studio release in 13 years – on Bella Union back in September.



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