In 2000 King was investigated by police about allegations of sexual offences committed against boys since the 1960s. The investigation had been prompted by one of his alleged victims contacting the publicist Max Clifford, who advised him to contact the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) in May that year, initially in relation to alleged offences committed by another celebrity. The complainant subsequently alleged that King had assaulted him in the early 1970s when the complainant was a teenager. NCIS handed the investigation over toSurrey Police, who found a second complainant who made similar allegations. The police interviewed King in November, and he made an appearance on television denying “these absurd allegations”. As a result of this appearance other men came forward to make similar allegations. Surrey Police subsequently revealed that their investigation, covering the years 1969 to 1989, had found that King had approached 10,000 to 20,000 boys, ostensibly to question them for “research”, which the police said was “a device to get to the boys and start speaking to them and grooming them for his purposes.”
The investigation led to King’s prosecution, which was split between three trials at the Old Bailey. King denied the charges but, in September 2001, he was found guilty, in the first of the trials, of four offences ofindecent assault, one of buggery and one of attempted buggery against five boys aged 14 and 15 during the 1980s. In sentencing him, Judge David Paget, QC, said “You used your fame and success to attract adolescent and impressionable boys. You then abused the trust they and their parents placed in you.”The Judge ordered the remaining charges dropped and sentenced him to 7 years’ imprisonment for the offences in the first trial as a sample for all charges.
He was found not guilty in a second trial two months later. The prosecution had offered no further evidence when the alleged victim admitted during the trial that he was “probably over 16” at the time of the alleged offences. The prosecution was unable to prove that the sex was non-consensual.[b] The defence position was that King had never met the man. The prosecution dropped the charges in the third trial.
King has always maintained that he is innocent of all the offences of which he was convicted. He claims that he is a victim of a miscarriage of justice brought about by an “incredibly unfair” legal system, the conduct of the press and police and “false allegations” generated as a result of media publicity. Journalists Richard Stottand Lynn Barber wrote that he had been over-harshly treated, although neither believed him innocent of the charges.
King served the first five months of his sentence in Belmarsh Prison, but was then sent to Maidstone Prison. In 2003, the Court of Appeal rejected his application to hear an appeal of both the conviction and the sentence.He was released on parole in March 2005. He appealed his case to the Criminal Cases Review Commissionand the European Court of Human Rights, but without success. King remains on the Sex Offenders Register and is prohibited from working with anyone under the age of 18.
King has maintained an interest in prison issues and, since his release, has continued to write a monthly column for Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners, which he began writing while he was in prison. In October 2011, then BBC Director-General Mark Thompson apologised to Jonathan King, following the removal of King’s performance of “It Only Takes a Minute” from a 1976 episode of Top of the Pops that was repeated onBBC Four.
Since his release from prison, King has largely been ignored by the mainstream media but has produced several films, albums, and books. His creative output has been described as being, at times, “a primal scream of rage”. In July 2007, King posted a video on YouTube of a song entitled “The True Story of Harold Shipman”, which claimed that serial killer Harold Shipman had been a victim of the media. The song provoked an angry response from the relatives of Shipman’s victims.
In May 2008, King posted for free download on the internet his 96-minute film, Vile Pervert: The Musical. King is the only actor in the movie and portrays 21 different roles. The Telegraph described it as an attempted justification of the events that led to his conviction and a “bizarre home-made film” about a television celebrity who was subjected to “malicious abuse allegations, in a fictional case that King clearly intends to represent his own demise”. The Spectator‘s Rod Liddle called it “a fantastically berserk, bravado performance”.
King also published two volumes of autobiography, 65 My Life So Far and 70 FFFY and two novels, Beware The Monkey Man and Death Flies, Missing Girls and Brigitte Bardot, and he has produced two films, Me Me Me(2011) and The Pink Marble Egg (2013). King says that he has made no money from his internet films.
On 9 September 2015, it was reported that King had been arrested as part of Operation Ravine, an investigation relating to claims of child sexual abuse at the Walton Hop Disco in the 1970s and 1980s.
Former music mogul Jonathan King is understood to have been arrested on suspicion of historical child sex offences.
The 70-year-old is believed to be among three arrested by Surrey Police officers as part of an investigation into allegations of sex abuse at a teenage disco in the 1970s and 1980s.
King was reportedly arrested at his home in Bayswater, west London on Wednesday morning.
The arrests were made in connection with allegations linked to the Walton Hop Disco in Walton-on-Thames.
Surrey Police said that all three men were arrested on suspicion of various sexual offences concerning boys under the age of 16. Specialist police officers are searching the men’s homes in London and Surrey.
The three men have been taken to police stations in Surrey where they will be interviewed by detectives.
Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Karen Mizzi, said: “This is a complex investigation into numerous allegations of sexual abuse and assault dating back over several decades.
“Our investigation focuses on the Walton Hop Disco, a popular event for youngsters between the 1970s and 1980s and we are following a number of lines of enquiry. However if anyone has information that may help the investigation I would ask them to contact us.”
Surrey Police is urging anyone who has information about sexual offences linked to the Walton Hop Disco to contact them on 01483 636485.
Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
footnote tomie jones -says interestingly ,max Clifford (pr man now locked up doing time for charges of a similar nature as Jonathan both were found guilty ,both events took place in the same period .both are were pr men,you can draw your own conclusions.)max Clifford indirectly shopped mr king , this was before Clifford was charged.
nothing whatsoever to do with the arrest, The ABOVE PHOTO OF MR .King has a striking resemblance to a certain Scottish radio station manager in Spain,who could be mr kings doppelgänger very strange.Then again I know somebody who looks like Rolf Harris poor sod !( NOT HARRIS THE DOPPELGANER)