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Last Updated: Monday, 14 April, 2003, 12:07 GMT 13:07 UK
Bjork hit by ticket 'fraud'
Bjork knew nothing about the "concert" in San Diego
A man accused of making up a Bjork concert then selling tickets must stand trial on a grand theft charge.

Alex Conate, 25, allegedly sold tickets worth $14,000 (8,900) at $40 (25) each after persuading a San Diego nightclub owner that Bjork had agreed to play there.

He is accused of taking the money and moving to Hawaii, where he was arrested.

Mr Conate pleaded not guilty to the charge, which could result in three years in jail if he is convicted.

At a preliminary hearing, police Detective James Borg testified that Mr Conate told the club owner that the Icelandic singer had agreed to play there on 15 January.

Real tour

Prosecutors said Conate claimed Bjork was his friend and agreed to perform there as a favour.

There were actually no plans for Bjork to play in San Diego, a representative for the performer said.

But she has announced a real tour this summer, playing at festivals and her own shows in Europe, Russia, Japan and the United States from the end of May.

They include a date at the Brooklyn Cyclones' baseball stadium in New York in August, her first US show for 16 months.

More dates are expected to be announced soon.

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