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Conductor to perform in spite of rape charge

posted 20 Jul 2010, 17:11 by David Rintoul   [ updated 20 Jul 2010, 17:28 ]

An Edinburgh Festival performance by a Grammy award-winning Russian conductor who is accused of raping a teenage boy is expected to "go ahead as programmed".

Mikhail Pletnev is the founder and artistic director of the Russian National Orchestra, and is due to conduct them in an Usher Hall concert on 19th August. The one-off Edinburgh appearance is part of a European and UK tour.

But on Monday Mr Pletnev was ordered by a court in the Thai resort of Pattaya to report there every 12 days as part of his bail conditions after he was arrested and charged with the alleged rape of a 14-year-old boy.

Mr Pletnev has insisted the charges are false. "I say again these allegations are not true," he told reporters outside the court. "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."