Ex-DJ Jonathan King gives thumbs up after appearing in court on child sex charges
Jonathan King, the former pop mogul, has appeared in court accused of a string of historic sex attacks on boys.
The ex-singer, Genesis producer and DJ is accused of assaults on nine teenagers aged between 14 and 16 between 1970 and 1986.
Dressed in a dark suit, white shirt, blue tie and trainers, King smiled in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court as he spoke only to confirm his personal details.
The 72-year-old posed for cameras outside court after the hearing, giving two thumbs up. Asked how the hearing had gone, he said: "Fantastic".
King appeared in court for the short hearing under his real name of Kenneth George King.
He faces a total of 18 sex charges. His lawyer, Steven Bird, said King "will be contesting the allegations".
King, of Bayswater, central London, was released on conditional bail to appear at Southwark Crown Court on July 24.
His bail conditions were not to contact any of the complainants or to name them in the media or on social media.
The charges are part of Surrey Police's Operation Ravine, which was launched in 2015 following a review by Merseyside Police into an earlier investigation, Operation Arundel, which dated back to 2000.