Russian conductor in Thai court on child sex charge
Acclaimed Russian conductor Mikhail Pletnev appeared in court Monday in Thailand where he has been charged with raping a teenage boy.
Pletnev, artistic director of the Russian National Orchestra, returned to Thailand over the weekend after being allowed to leave the country temporarily to attend a music festival in Macedonia.
"I have always stated that I will assist the police in every way I can with their enquiries into the allegations that have been made against me," Pletnev said in a statement to media outside the court in the resort town of Pattaya.
"I say again these allegations are not true," he added.
The conductor and pianist was charged in early July with the rape of a 14-year-old boy in Pattaya, where he has a house. He denies the charge, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in jail.
A Thai court allowed him to travel overseas but required him to report back to the court every 12 days.
© 2010 AFP