The sexual assault case that was being brought against artist Rex Orange County in the United Kingdom has been dismissed just a few days before it was scheduled to go to trial. According to the BBC, the Crown Prosecution Service announced on Thursday that the evidence in the singer’s case “no longer met” the legal requirement for a prosecution. An additional comment made by a spokeswoman for the prosecutors was as follows:
“We will always strive to prosecute sexual offences, if our legal criteria is met, no matter how challenging.”After a woman accused the 24-year-old artist known as “Best Friend” of sexually assaulting her on many occasions in London in June, he was arrested and charged with six separate charges of the crime. His real name is Alex O’Connor. When he was brought before the court in October, he entered a plea of not guilty to all of the allegations, and a provisional trial date of January 3 was established.
Sexual Assault Charges on Rex Orange County
O’Connor, who is well-known for his top-charting albums Pony and Who Cares? and his work on Tyler, the Creator’s Flower Boy, was previously set to go on trial on January 3, 2023 as a result of the sexual assault claims, according to reports from The Sun and Billboard in October. According to the sites, the victim said he assaulted her three times at his Notting Hill home the next day after assaulting her twice in London’s West End on June 1.
O’Connor reportedly denied all charges when he appeared in court in London’s Southwark Crown Court in October. He apparently received unconditional bail and was released before to the trial’s then-planned start date. A spokesperson for the musician spoke to PEOPLE shortly after the claims first went viral: “The accusations, which Alex vigorously rejects, astound him, and he eagerly anticipates defending himself in court. He is unable to continue speaking due to the ongoing processes.”
Six Sexual Assault Charges
As a result of the alleged events that took place at the beginning of June, O’Connor was first charged with six counts of sexually assaulting a female victim. At the beginning of October, he made an appearance in the crown court in Southwark and entered a not guilty plea to all of the accusations.
The date of the trial had been scheduled for the 3rd of January 2023. O’Connor had to cancel a number of tour dates earlier this year, claiming “unexpected personal circumstances” as the reason why he was unable to “continue with touring as planned.” These tour dates were scheduled to take place in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
Rex Orange County Statement
At the time, representatives for O’Connor told EW that the singer was “shocked by the allegations” and disputed that he was responsible for these crimes. The representatives went on to say that “he is unable to make any additional comment because the processes are still underway.”
In his new statement, which was released on Thursday, O’Connor said that he wanted to “clarify some details around what I was accused of, as I have not been able to address this until now and inaccuracies about the case have circulated.” The charges have since been dropped, and O’Connor is free to speak freely about the matter. The post was shared by him.
O’Connor continued by expressing his gratitude to his family, friends, and “the people who have helped” him get through what he referred to as “a terrible moment for everyone concerned.”
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More About Rex Orange County
Alexander James O’Connor, who was born on May 4, 1998, is better known by his stage name, Rex Orange County. He is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter from England. O’Connor shot to notoriety in 2017 as a result of many features on Tyler, the Creator’s album Flower Boy, which was nominated for a Grammy. One of these cameos was on the tune “Boredom.” The music of O’Connor has been characterised by Zoe Jones, a journalist for NPR Music, as “a vibrant blend of hip-hop, jazz, and bedroom pop.”
O’Connor has released one mixtape and three studio albums under the moniker Rex Orange County. The mixtape is titled Bcos U Will Never B Free (2015), while the studio albums are titled Apricot Princess (2017), Pony (2019), and Who Cares? (2022). Pony and Who Cares? both reached number five on the album charts in the UK, with Who Cares? taking the number one spot on the UK Albums Chart. Additionally, in the year 2020, O’Connor released a live CD under the title Live at Radio City Music Hall.
O’Connor had an appearance in Southwark Crown Court on October 10, 2022, when he was accused of six charges of sexual assault against the same victim that allegedly occurred in June 2021. He was granted bail after entering a not guilty plea to all charges. His trial is tentatively set for January 3, 2023. O’Connor’s representative issued the following statement on his behalf: “The accusations, which Alex vigorously refutes, astound him, and he eagerly anticipates defending himself in court. He can’t speak further because the proceedings are still going on “.
Following an inquiry by the Crown Prosecution Service, O’Connor declared in a statement that all charges against him had been dropped and the matter will be dismissed on December 22, 2022. Because the complainant’s account did not match CCTV footage or a police interview with her partner, who was there on the incidental night, the case failed to satisfy the CPS’s legal requirements for prosecution.