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DJ Neil Fox to stand trial on sex charges in November

Published 01/05/2015 | 12:00

DJ Neil Fox arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court, London, where he denied nine sex offences against six separate complainants, including three children.
DJ Neil Fox arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court, London, where he denied nine sex offences against six separate complainants, including three children.
DJ Neil Fox arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court, London, where he denied nine sex offences against six separate complainants, including three children.

DJ Neil Fox will stand trial on sex charges on November 5, a court ruled today.

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He denies nine offences against six complainants, spanning more than two decades.

Fox - known as Dr Fox - appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court, where Senior District Judge Howard Riddle fixed a trial date of November 5, and heard that the trial could last two weeks.

He said there should be further preliminary hearings on July 23 and October 2, and renewed Fox's unconditional bail.

At a hearing last month, the court was told that Fox allegedly forced himself on a girl as young as 13, and attacked a teenager at a popular theme park.

The allegations state that the 53-year-old forcefully kissed three girls under the age of 16, allegedly grabbing hold of one at Chessington World of Adventures, causing her to back away.

DJ Neil Fox arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court, London, where he denied nine sex offences against six separate complainants, including three children.
DJ Neil Fox arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court, London, where he denied nine sex offences against six separate complainants, including three children.

Details of what the Magic presenter is alleged to have done were able to be reported after his barrister, Jonathan Caplan QC, asked for restrictions to be lifted because "there has been a considerable amount of reporting ... in social media of what these charges amount to", and that had led to the creation of prejudice against his client.

One of the complainants alleges that Fox repeatedly assaulted her at Capital Radio's studios in London's Leicester Square.

Two other women claim to have been sexually touched against their will by the radio presenter at Magic FM's premises in Winsley Street in central London, between January 2003 and August 2014.

Prosecutor Darren Watts told the court last month: "The Crown argue that the complaints show a consistent and determined pattern of sexual predatory behaviour on the part of the defendant which spans some 23 years.

"The age of the complainants range from 14 to 36 years old."

He said Fox allegedly assaulted two different girls at a motor show in Bromley, south east London, in summer 1991, at which he was appearing in his capacity as a DJ.

Mr Watts said: "In relation to the first allegation the complainant was approximately 13 or 14 years of age. She has gone to a motor show, they have seen Mr Fox, they have asked for a photograph with him and he is said to have kissed her and forced his tongue down into her mouth."

The court heard that a second teenager was allegedly assaulted by Fox in a similar manner at the event, but she claims he also put his hand up her skirt.

A third youngster, under the age of 16, alleges that, while she was at Chessington World of Adventures in April 1996, she asked the DJ for a photo and a kiss.

Four of the alleged indecent assaults are said to have taken place at Capital Radio between January and December 2003.

Over the four separate instances Fox is alleged to have displayed "unacceptable behaviour", Mr Watts said.

It is alleged that on one occasion he put his arms around the woman and squeezed her breasts, that he would regularly touch her bottom, and that one incident involved him simulating sex with the complainant.

During one of the alleged assaults at Magic FM, Fox is said to have walked up behind the complainant and kissed her shoulder.

"When questioned about his actions, he has said 'Oh, I just had to. You look as if you taste so good'," Mr Watts said.

At today's hearing, Fox, dressed in a blue suit, white shirt and blue tie, listened intently from the dock as arrangements for the case were discussed.

He denies seven counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual touching without consent, against six female complainants between 1991 and 2014.

Fox, from Fulham, south west London, was first arrested in September last year, then again in December and March.

Fox, who rose to fame presenting the charts show on Capital Radio, was a judge on Pop Idol between 2001 and 2003 alongside Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman and Nicki Chapman.

He also appeared as himself judging a superhero talent show in BBC Three sketch show The Wrong Door.

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