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Blue Peter star John Leslie found not guilty of Christmas party sexual assault
October 19, 2020
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Former Blue Peter presenter John Leslie has been cleared by a jury at Southwark Crown Court of grabbing a woman's breasts at a Christmas party in 2008.
The trial against former Blue Peter presenter John Leslie for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at a party in London more than a decade ago began last week.
Mr Leslie cried and nodded towards the jury as the verdict was delivered after just 23 minutes of deliberations.
Judge Deborah Taylor said: "Mr Stott, you for the second time leave this court without a stain on your character and I hope it will be the last time you have to attend."
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Leslie denied he did any such thing, and claimed if there was any physical contact between them it "must have been an accident".
Leslie's father Les Stott, who has attended court every day with his son for the past week, hugged him after he left the dock.
Mr Leslie was charged with sexual touching of a woman aged 16 or over under Section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, last July.
According to reports the claims left him suicidal as he "lost everything."
He was accused of grabbing a woman's breasts and laughing before walking away at a Christmas party at a Soho bar in December 2008.
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The presenter, who had worked on Wheel Of Fortune and This Morning, had himself frequently been the victim of female gropers according to Most Haunted star Yvette Fielding, 52, Southwark Crown Court heard this week.
She said: "He was inundated with lots of ladies.
"I have seen them throw themselves at him.
"Women go up to him squeezing his bum in bars and clubs.''
Throughout the court case, colleagues have give evidence in support of the presenter.
TV stars Anthea Turner, Fern Britton and Diane-Louise Jordan described him as a "gentleman" who they had never seen behave sexually inappropriately with any woman.
Leslie presented Blue Peter between 1989 and 1994.