March 2005

Paedophile King told to ‘shut up’

Paedophile pop mogul Jonathan King has been told to “shut up” for the sake of his victims as he continued to protest his innocence after his release from prison.

King, 60, told reporters he had done nothing wrong as he left prison after serving three-and-a-half years of a seven-year sentence for sexually abusing teenage boys.

He insisted people of both genders had found him “extremely attractive” and were never forced to do anything they did not want to.

King claimed his time in custody had been “fantastic” and said he now intends to devote time to help pursue hundreds of miscarriage of justice cases.

His comments have angered Victims of Crime Trust director Norman Brennan who described the disgraced celebrity as a “danger to young boys” whose “perversions” caused revulsion across the nation.


Mr Brennan said: “The jury that heard all the evidence were convinced beyond all doubt that he was guilty of all the crimes he was convicted of.

“As far as I’m concerned, he is a thoroughly discredited individual and my advice to him is he is lucky to get out as early as he did for such serious crimes for which many of us believe he should have received a far longer sentence in the first place.

“The only person who believes he is innocent is himself. My advice is: thank your lucky stars you are out as early as you are.

“He is a danger to young boys. His perversions have caused revulsion around the country.

“He used his position of fame and celebrity thinking victims would not come forward and give evidence against him. But he is wrong.”

He added: “The best thing for him to do for the sake of his victims brave enough to give evidence is to just shut up.”

King was convicted at the Old Bailey in September 2001 of sexually abusing five youngsters aged 13 to 15.

The court heard that the Cambridge-educated impresario lured boys to his mews home in Bayswater, west London, in the 1980s and showed them pornography before assaulting them.


He was jailed for seven years in November 2001, but has continued to protest his innocence despite failing in a bid to have his convictions overturned in 2003.

As King left Maidstone Prison in Kent this morning, he said: “I’m innocent of the charges against me. There is no issue of the acts being consensual, there were no acts. However much people try, you can’t bend the truth.

“There’s no truth in the offences whatsoever. One of the five men I am accused of abusing I have never even met and there is no evidence I ever did meet him.”


He confirmed that his legal team are awaiting a judicial review to challenge the Criminal Cases Review Commission’s decision not to refer his case to the Court of Appeal.

In a later interview with Five News he claimed there were no victims because everyone he had a relationship with was “of an age and mental maturity” to make their own decisions.

He insisted none of them – male or female – were children or forced to do anything they did not want although some were below the age of consent.

“Half of them were, at the time, illegal because the age of consent either didn’t exist or was 21.

“The law was in place, and I knew I was breaking it, and I did, knowingly and conscientiously, however I am not guilty of the convictions against me, I am not guilty of ever going with anyone who didn’t want to go with me and I am not guilty of going with children.”

Asked if he abused his position as a celebrity, he said: “No, I used my position as a celebrity. I was famous, I was extremely handsome, I was stunningly talented in every possible way, and that makes me very attractive.”

He added that he felt “exactly like Michael Jackson, in that he is innocent”.

As he travelled into London to meet probation officers, the former Genesis producer claimed life behind bars had been “fascinating”.

“It was the most fantastic three-and-a-half years of my life, in prison,” he said.

“You meet fascinating people and get to see the other side of the world, one that you never knew existed.

“Like most people, I had the view that once the prison gate slams shut, hell takes place, but the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

“I have had no complaints at all about my time inside, apart from the food at Broadmoor.

“The Prison Service are extremely good, trying to do an almost impossible job. The politicians don’t seem to care, but of course, there’s no votes in it for them.”

King said that in addition to returning to his music career, he will assist charities and groups which help fight wrongful convictions.

“Sally Clark, Angela Cannings, Stephen Downing, these people are just the tip of the iceberg of miscarriages of justice.

“There are thousands of people who don’t have legal teams to work for them and just have to lump it.”