Prosecutors in the UK have dropped their sexual-assault case in opposition to musician Rex Orange County days earlier than it was set to go to trial.
The Crown Prosecution Service on Thursday mentioned the proof within the singer’s case “no longer met” its authorized take a look at for a prosecution, in response to the BBC.
“We will always seek to prosecute sexual offences, where our legal test is met, no matter how challenging,” a spokesperson for prosecutors added.
The 24-year-old “Best Friend” artist, born Alex O’Connor, had been charged with six counts of sexual assault after a girl accused him of attacking her a number of occasions in London in June. He pleaded not responsible to all the costs when he appeared in courtroom in October, and a provisional trial date was set for Jan. 3.
“I have always denied these allegations and am grateful that the independent evidence has cleared me of any wrongdoing,” the British musician shared in a press release posted Thursday on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
“I have never assaulted anyone and I do not condone violence or abusive behaviour of any kind,” he mentioned.
In October, the Solar reported that the singer had been accused of twice assaulting a girl in London’s West Finish on June 1. The girl additionally accused O’Connor of assaulting her in a taxi and thrice at his dwelling in Notting Hill the following day.
In Thursday’s assertion, O’Connor mentioned he wished to make clear particulars across the allegations and what he referred to as “inaccuracies about the case that have circulated.”
“I was wrongly accused of touching someone one evening on their leg, neck, back, and bottom. That led to six charges of sexual assault,” his assertion mentioned.
“The only evidence against me was the individual’s account,” he continued. “However, CCTV footage obtained by the police contradicted their version of events. Their partner was also present throughout the evening in question and gave a statement to the police, which did not support the allegations against me.
“It’s been a difficult time for everyone involved and I’d like to thank the people who have helped me through it, as well as my family and loved ones for their continued support,” he added.
O’Connor’s followers took to the replies and feedback sections of his social media posts to share their aid in regards to the improvement.
“Okay thank god i can now listen to his music again,” mentioned one Instagram person.
“Y’all were so quick to cancel him,” added one other.
“Disrespect to everyone who attacked him from the start, and now are switching up,” wrote one other.
“This single tweet has saved a lot of spotify playlists today,” one other individual quipped on Twitter.
“The sad thing is, even though charges were dropped and he was cleared of everything, and has evidence to back it up … his career will still take a hit,” mentioned one other tweet. “Once someone accuses you of something like that, people look at you differently.”
Months after releasing his album “Apricot Princess” in 2017, the British-born singer rose to fame as a particular visitor on Tyler, the Creator’s album “Flower Boy,” showing on the songs “Boredom” and “Foreword.” O’Connor carried out on the Hollywood Bowl on June 2 following the debut of his third album, “Who Cares?,” which reached No. 5 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
In early July, he canceled a series of tour dates in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, citing “unforeseen personal circumstances” that meant he was not “able to continue with touring as planned.”
In August, he launched his latest monitor, “Threat.”
Instances workers author Kenan Draughorne contributed to this report.