KING BAILED UNTIL MARCH

The pop impresario has been bailed until March 6, when his case will be heard at London's Old Bailey...

Music industry guru JONATHAN KING has been charged with 14 sex offences against young men and boys at a court hearing today (February 13).

King, who appeared at the five-minute hearing in Staines Magistrates’ Court, Middlesex, under his real name of Kenneth George King, was bailed until March 6, when the case will be sent to the Old Bailey in London.

The charges, said to have occurred between 1969 and 1987, relate to two separate arrests. The first of these, during November 2000, saw King, 55, charged on one count of indecent assault, one of buggery and another of attempted buggery. The second arrest came on January 23, when he was charged on seven counts of buggery on males under 16 and one count of attempted buggery on a male under 16, as well as three charges of indecent assault, one on a male of 17, the others on two males under 16.

King has continually maintained his innocence.

The impresario made his name as the man who discovered bands such as 10CC and Genesis, as well as releasing a host of hits under his own name and various pseudonyms.