Rex Orange County musician accused with six charges of sexual assault

Posted by Mike Schumacher

Rex Orange County performing in London in August 2022. Photograph: Burak Çıngı/Redferns


Over the course of two days in June, Alexander O’Connor is accused of assaulting a lady


According to the Sun, the artist Rex Orange County, real name Alexander O’Connor, has been accused of six charges of sexual assault on a lady.


The 24-year-old is accused of assaulting the lady twice on June 1 in London’s West End and four times the following day, including once in a cab and three times in his Notting Hill residence. According to reports, the lady is older than 16.


On October 10, O’Connor made an appearance at Southwark Crown Court. He was granted unconditional bail after entering a not guilty plea to each of the six accusations.


“Alex is shocked by the allegations, which he denies, and looks forward to clearing his name in court,” a representative for the musician said in a statement released to press. “He is unable to make any further comment because of the ongoing proceedings.”


The date of the preliminary trial has been scheduled on January 3, 2023.


O’Connor made the decision to postpone his scheduled tour dates in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe in July 2022 after learning of “unforeseen personal circumstances” that would force him to “spend some time at home this year” and prevent him from “continuing with touring as planned.”


“This is the last thing I want to do,” he wrote. “I love touring and I am so sorry to be letting anyone down. I look forward to getting back to it as soon as I can.”


O’Connor studied in Britain and self-released his first album, Bcos U Will Never B Free, in 2015. It became a popular song, catching the attention of US rapper Tyler, the Creator, who asked O’Connor to collaborate on his album Flower Boy in 2017.


He has four albums out, the most recent of which is Who Cares? He has also worked with musicians like Randy Newman and Chance the Rapper.


Thanks to at The Guardian whose reporting provided the original basis for this story.

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