Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Pianist faces pedophilia charge

Mikhail Pletnev, the pianist and founder and artistic director the Russian National Orchestra, has been charged with sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy in Thailand. The accusation, which Pletnev denies, stems from an investigation by Thai police of a suspected pedophile ring in the resort town of Pattaya, where the 53-year-old musician has a home and owns several businesses.

The Guardian's Tom Parfitt reports on the case: