Disgraced British music mogul Jonathan King was released from prison this morning (29MAR05) - and promptly handed reporters copies of his new CD.

King, who discovered bands including Genesis and 10CC, served less than half a seven-year jail sentence for four indecent assaults and two serious sexual offences on boys aged 14 and 15.

As he left Maidstone Prison in Kent, England, King insisted he is "100 per cent innocent" and said his lawyer had "guaranteed" he would be cleared on appeal.

King said, "I've had a brilliant three-and-a-half years for crimes I did not commit.

"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."

The 60-year-old will be closely monitored by a police protection panel and is not allowed visits to his home from anyone under the age of 18 without prior police consent.

King's lawyer, GIOVANNI DE STEFANO, says, "He intends to go back to his home in west London and get back to work. He said he wants to write a musical about Cole Porter."

29/03/2005 14:05