One of the more surprising celebrity stories of 2022 was the one surrounding Rex Orange County. The singer, also known by his legal name Alexander O’Connor, was accused of six counts of sexual assault earlier this year.
This came as a huge surprise to virtually everyone, as O’Connor is known for his lyrics, which paint him to be the exact opposite of a predator. O’Connor also has a very large female audience, so these allegations felt more serious than an average musician.
The alleged assaults happened in London, in a taxi, and in O’Connor’s home and were described as “unwanted touching.” The public was not given any specific details on the incidents. This week, the charges were dropped.
Rex Orange County’s accuser had insufficient evidence, resulting in charges being dropped. Now, he can give his side of the story.
I want to clarify one thing before going any further. This is still a developing story — there are no released court documents, we just know that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to charge the singer. He was not proven guilty or innocent. The latest information is his word.
That said, the charges have been dropped. Until now, the singer-songwriter was unable to give his side of the story for legal purposes. Now, he got a chance. Here’s what Rex Orange County said in an Instagram post.
For the first time, we’re given some specifics on what he’s accused of. He confirms that they were in relation to unwanted touching, specifying the leg, neck, back, and bottom.
O’Connor says that CCTV footage, along with a recollection of events from the accuser’s partner are what cleared him of any wrongdoing. If true, it’s pretty compelling. There will surely be more details on this story coming.
Rex Orange County had to cancel a large handful of tour dates amid the allegations and will likely return to a more normal schedule now.