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"King was said to be shocked by his arrest"
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Friday, 24 November, 2000, 19:26 GMT
King denies sex offence charges
Jonathan King
Jonathan King: Allegations "an occupational hazard"
Millionaire pop mogul Jonathan King has strongly denied charges that he committed two serious sex offences and an indecent assault.

Mr King, who discovered bands including Genesis and 10cc and had a string of pop hits, was charged with the offences after police raided his west London flat on Thursday.

Detectives arrested him following intelligence gathering by the Serious Sex Offenders Unit of the National Criminal Intelligence Service.

It is understood they seized a number of items including computer disks and videos.

But in a statement read by his spokesman Chris Poole, Mr King said: "I categorically deny these absurd allegations about events from 28 years ago and I have great faith that the British legal system will vindicate me."

'Business as usual'

Mr Poole spoke to Mr King following the arrest and said the 55-year-old was stunned by the allegations.

Mr Poole said: "He was very shocked and disorientated but he was picking himself up today and he said it is business as usual.

"He also told me that he regards it as something of an occupational hazard for people in the public eye to have these sorts of accusations made against them."

Mr Poole added: "He is determined he is innocent and he will be proved innocent."

Mr King has been released on conditional bail and will appear before Staines magistrates next Thursday.

Pop hits

Surrey Police said in a statement: "We can confirm that Jonathan King has been charged with three offences and released on conditional bail to appear before Staines Magistrates' Court on 30 November."

Mr King was born in Godalming, Surrey, and educated at top public school Charterhouse.

During his 15-year career in the music industry, he had a string of "bubblegum" pop hits during the 1970s.

He wrote his first number one, Everyone's Gone to the Moon, aged 21, while reading English at Cambridge.

In the 1980s he moved into television, devising the show Entertainment USA, which he also presented, and the teen music programme No Limits.

He also dabbled in writing, with a novel and a controversial pop column in The Sun.

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