Rex Orange County has shared a statement saying that all charges against him in a sexual assault case have been dropped.
In October, the musician, real name Alex O’Connor, was charged with six counts of sexually assaulting a woman in London — pleading not guilty to all of the charges at Southwark Crown Court.
The singer-songwriter was accused of assaulting the woman on six occasions between June 1 and 2. He allegedly assaulted the woman twice in London’s West End — once in a taxi, and three times at his home in Notting Hill. Following the allegations, he was set to provisionally face trail on January 3, 2023.
Now, in a statement posted today, Rex Orange County revealed that all the charges against him have been dropped. “Today, all charged against me have been dropped,” he said. “The Crown Prosecution Service reviewed the evidence and decided that there is no merit, in this case, going to trial. I have always denied these allegations and I am grateful that the independent evidence has cleared me of any wrongdoing. I have never assaulted anyone and I do not condone violence or abusive behavior of any kind.”
O’Connor added: “I would like 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. I was wrongly accused of touching someone one evening on their leg, beck, back, and bottom. That led to six charges of sexual assault.
“The only evidence against me was the individual’s account. 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.”
Rex Orange County released his fourth studio album, Who Cares?, in March of this year, and in July, he canceled his international tour due to “unforeseen personal circumstances,” without mentioning the case at the time. The singer has announced no plans to restart the tour any time soon.
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