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Russian pianist in Thai court on child sex charge

Russian conductor Mikhail Pletnev appeared in court Monday in Thailand where he has been charged with statutory rape of a teenage boy.

Pletnev, artistic director of the Russian National Orchestra, dismissed speculation he might jump bail. He 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 said, adding that police had found no incriminating images on his computer.

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.

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