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DJ Neil Fox charged with nine sex offences

DJ Neil Fox
DJ Neil Fox

Former Pop Idol judge Neil Fox has been charged with nine sex offences involving six female complainants, three of whom were allegedly juveniles at the time.

Scotland Yard said the 53-year-old, who goes by the stage name of Dr Fox, from Fulham in west London, will appear on bail at Westminster Magistrates' Court on April 16.

The offences related to the three juveniles are alleged to have taken place between 1991 and 1996 and the other three complainants were involved alleged attacks by Fox between 2003 and 2014.

His lawyer Anthony Burton said in a statement: "It is wholly inappropriate at this stage for Mr Fox to make any comment, save that he categorically denies each and every allegation that has been made against him."

He is charged with one count of indecent assault on a female aged under 14 and two counts of indecent assault on females aged under 16 contrary to the Sexual Offences Act 1956, in relation to the three juveniles.

In relation to the more recent allegations, he is charged with four counts of indecent assault on a female over 16 contrary to the Sexual Offences Act 1956 and two counts of sexual assault on females contrary to Section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Fox was a judge on Pop Idol between 2001 and 2003 alongside Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman and Nicki Chapman.

The charges were announced after Fox attended Charing Cross police station in central London.

Scotland Yard said that the investigation was not part of its Operation Yewtree inquiry into Jimmy Savile and others.