Mu­sic man on sex of­fences charges

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

POP mogul and record pro­ducer Jonathan King will stand trial in the UK this year ac­cused of his­tor­i­cal sex of­fences against 12 teenage boys.

King, 73, pleaded not guilty yes­ter­day to 18 as­saults on the chil­dren in the 1970s and 1980s. Most of the al­leged at­tacks were in the mid-80s while the vic­tims were aged be­tween 14 and 16.

The for­mer DJ ap­peared at South­wark Crown Court un­der his birth name Ken­neth King and de­nied all charges.

At the be­gin­ning of ear­lier pro­ceed­ings he told pros­e­cu­tor Rosina Cot­tage: “You have a beau­ti­ful, soft, mel­liflu­ous voice but I am find­ing it ter­ri­bly hard to hear.” He was granted per­mis­sion to sit in the court well so he could hear bet­ter.

The charges re­late to al­le­ga­tions in­clud­ing the most ex­treme sex­ual abuse. The al­leged of­fences were un­cov­ered as part of Sur­rey Po­lice’s Op­er­a­tion Ravine.

Judge Deborah Tay­lor told King he will stand trial on June 11. The Cam­bridge grad­u­ate was famed for songs in­clud­ing Every­one’s Gone to the Moon and Hooked on a Feel­ing and dis­cov­ered the band Gen­e­sis as a mu­sic pro­ducer. He also wrote and pro­duced hits for teen idols the Bay City Rollers.

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