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John Leslie is found not guilty of fumbling on a woman's breasts at the 2008 Christmas party


John Leslie cried today after stopping fiddling with a woman at a party in 2008.

The former Blue Peter host was accused of grabbing a woman's breasts at a famous Christmas party, but said the incident never happened.

The 55-year-old was released from Southwark Crown Court today after a jury of nine men and three women found him not guilty of sexual assault after just 23 minutes of deliberation.

An emotional Leslie banged his forehead against the dock's glass before putting his hand over his face and crying.

His father Les got up, hit the air, and fell crying with his head in his hands. As his son looked down at the public gallery through tears of his own, Les shook both fists in triumph.

Judge Deborah Taylor, who used Leslie's legal name, said, "Mr. Stott, you are leaving this court for the second time without affecting your character and I hope it will be the last time you will have to attend."

The comment was an indication of an earlier court appearance in 2003, when a judge made the same comment after indecent charges against Leslie were dropped.

Leslie – pictured today – was found not guilty by a jury on allegations that he grabbed a woman's breasts at a Christmas party in central London on December 5, 2008

The court had previously heard a woman claim, out of nowhere, that the "overwrought" presenter who "didn't get out much" grabbed her breasts and gave a "hearty laugh" when she introduced herself to him.

Witnesses at the West End bar said they learned of the alleged incident 12 years ago but did not see it.

However, Leslie said he was "paranoid" after previously mistakenly named by Matthew Wright as raping the television presenter of Ulrika Jonsson, whom she discussed in her autobiography, and "it was not in his nature" to be inappropriate about a woman touch.

Famous Faces Fern Britton, Anthea Turner, Yvette Fielding, and Diane-Louise Jordan, who showcased This Morning and Blue Peter, all made character statements to support their boyfriend, calling him a "gentleman."

Gudrun Young, who defended himself, told the court today that Leslie was the victim of a "media trial" and that the alleged victim's account was fraught with inconsistencies.

Speaking to the jury, she said, “If you knew anything about him, I would suggest that the two things you would have talked about are Blue Peter and sexual inappropriateness since 2002.

Nevertheless, he is and remains a man of good character. No beliefs, no precautions. He was never found to have done anything to anyone.

She called his treatment a "media witch hunt".

She added: “His career has been ruined, his life has been plagued by completely unfounded allegations. He's supposed to look like a monster in the tabloids. All without a single proof.

& # 39; At least this time it will be brought to justice. Instead of just a bunch of people opening the front of the mirror, the sun, or the Daily Mail. & # 39;

Leslie is pictured today with his father Lesley Stott

Leslie is pictured today with his father Lesley Stott

Turning to the alleged victim's evidence, she said, “There was something very strange about the report that she gave some parts that didn't really make sense and some parts that didn't match other evidence in the case.

"She has changed, adjusted, and massed her evidence to explain the bizarre fact that she says this man went in full sight of others to commit this brazen sexual assault, but nobody seems to have seen it. "

She asked the jury to return a not guilty verdict, adding, "It's just not believable."

& # 39; It just didn't happen. He knows that he has done nothing and has nothing to hide.

& # 39; There are two John Leslies. The John Leslie who was portrayed in the press as a sex pest.

"There's the John Leslie and the real John Leslie known to his friends and colleagues."

Speaking at an earlier hearing about the night in December 2008, Leslie said, “I don't remember that particular party, but I do remember having spoken extensively with Jade Goody.

& # 39; She was very sick. I know she was pretty upset with the way the tabloids treated her.

"I think it was that year because I know she died not long after."

John Leslie and Ulrika Jonsson introduced themselves presenting the big breakfast in 1993

John Leslie and Ulrika Jonsson introduced themselves presenting the big breakfast in 1993

He added: “I have no idea who [the alleged victim] is. There was no need to speak to her or meet her.

“The idea that I would do this is just crazy, especially how I was and everything that had happened.

I was paranoid [based on previous allegations]. I was aware, aware. Going to a complete stranger and just doing that would be ridiculous and would never have happened. I can't imagine why she thought it happened.

“I would have said hello but not touched her and walked away. I am not. It would never have happened. & # 39;

He also said, & # 39; It's not a backward industry. We treat women fairly. People don't go around attacking women. It's just not done.

“You wouldn't let it. It is not allowed. It is not something that people would condone or allow.

“People wouldn't see it and let it happen. If I had seen it, I would not have let it. I would never do that. & # 39;