Folk rock veteran Roy Harper is facing the prospect of a retrial in his sex abuse case after jurors in the U.K. failed to reach majority verdicts on five counts.
The 73-year-old musician, who found fame in the 1970s and worked with both Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, stands accused of a string of sex offences against young girls dating back to the 1970s.
Jurors at Worcester Crown Court in England acquitted Harper of two counts of indecent assault on Thursday (05Feb15), relating to an incident with a 16-year-old girl in the 1980s, and another with an 11 year old, but they couldn't agree on five other counts, including indecent assault, indecency with a child and having sexual intercourse with a child.
On Friday (06Feb15), after 13 hours of deliberations, Judge Robert Juckes Qc dismissed the jury and handed the case back to prosecutors, who will now have two weeks to decide whether or not to seek a retrial.
Harper denied all allegations and previously vowed to fight to clear his name.
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