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Wednesday 7 December 2016

DJ Fox exploited fame to sexually abuse his young fans, court told

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Neil Fox
Neil Fox

Radio DJ Neil Fox exploited his fame to sexually abuse fans as young as 15 as well as colleagues, a has court heard.

The 54-year-old is alleged to have sexually abused three girls aged under 16 between 1988 and 1996.

One of the complainants says she was 15 when Fox took her to an underground car park at London's Capital Radio in July 1988, and made her perform a sex act on him while he put his hand in her underwear.

Prosecutor John Price QC told Westminster Magistrates' Court that Fox was a well-known personality, known either as "Foxy" or "Dr Fox".

"The prosecution alleges in this case that he has exploited the privilege conferred upon him by him fame to inflict his sexual actions upon women without regard either for their wishes or their age," he said.

"He also inflicted himself upon adolescent girls - in other words, children."

Fox faces eight counts of indecent assault and two of sexual assault, all said to have taken place between 1988 and 2014.

Fox, from south-west London, rose to fame presenting the chart show on Capital Radio, and was a judge on Pop Idol between 2001 and 2003 alongside Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman and Nicki Chapman.

Mr Price told the court one of Fox's alleged teenage victims was a fan of his, and at the time was happy to be alone with him and visited his flat.

He continued: "She was one of a number of young girls, usually ages 14 or 15, who made a habit of waiting outside the premises of Capital Radio in the middle of the late 1980 in the hope of seeing some of the DJs who worked within the building, or sometimes some of the members of bands who would visit it.

"She describes how on one occasion Mr Fox asked her to help him carry his records to the underground car park."

The court heard that when there - alone and out of the sight of everyone else - he kissed the girl.

Mr Price said: "She would regularly go to his flat, intimacy would occur between them."

During his police interview, Fox admitted the teenager used to visit him, but denied anything sexual occurred, saying they shared a cup of tea.

The trial continues.

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