Singer Rex Orange County, whose real name is Alexander O’Connor, appeared at Southwark Crown Court in London on Monday, where he pleaded not guilty to six counts of sexual assault.
The date of the alleged rapes were on June 1 and June 2, with one supposedly in his taxi and three more at his home in Notting Hill. The victim, according to The Sun, is “over 16,” which is the legal age of consent in England.
“Alex is shocked by the allegations, which he denies, and looks forward to clearing his name in court,” a representative for the singer told various media outlets on Monday. “He is unable to make any further comment because of the ongoing proceedings.”
He pleaded not guilty on all six charges and was released on unconditional bail. A provisional trial date has been set for Jan. 3, 2023.
O’Connor first drew attention for featuring on Tyler the Creator’s 2017 album “Flower Boy.” He has since released three studio albums and a live album. Tyler features on his latest album, “Who Cares?,” which was released in March.
A March NME interview of O’Connor described him as “a really rather nice young man,” adding, “the world that Alex O’Connor has built around himself is one of joy, calmness and understanding.”
The Sun first reported this story.