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Thursday, 25 January, 2001, 16:14 GMT
King faces fresh charges
Jonathan King
Jonathan King was re-arrested on Tuesday
Pop mogul Jonathan King has been charged with eight counts of serious sexual offences and three counts of indecent assault.

Mr King, who discovered bands including Genesis and 10cc and enjoyed a string of pop hits, was arrested on Tuesday and questioned by detectives at Staines police station in Surrey.

A police spokesman said the charges related to "historic" incidents alleged to have taken place in the 1970s.

Last year, Mr King was arrested and later charged with two serious sex offences and an indecent assault, following a lengthy investigation by the Serious Sex Offenders Unit of the National Criminal Intelligence Service.

Mr King denied those charges, calling them "absurd".

He has been granted conditional bail to appear before magistrates in Staines on 1 February.

TV career

During his 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 80s he moved into television, devising the show Entertainment USA, which he also presented, and the teenage music programme No Limits.

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

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