John Leslie in tears as he's CLEARED in just 23 minutes of groping woman's breasts at Christmas party
FORMER Blue Peter presenter John Leslie today broke down in tears as he was cleared in just 23 minutes of grabbing a woman’s breasts.
The 55-year-old wept while his dad punched the air after he was found not guilty of groping the woman at a 2008 celeb Christmas party.
In dramatic scenes, the 6'5'' former star collapsed in his seat as he was cleared of the allegation.
The presenter had insisted on his innocence, previously telling Southwark Crown Court: "I never sexually assaulted anyone. It's not in my nature."
Leslie, who appeared under his birth name of John Stott, said the accusations were "ludicrous and crazy" – adding he had been made suicidal after the loss of his TV career and reports about him in the media.
And today Leslie cried and nodded towards the jury as the verdict was delivered after 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."
Leslie's father Les Stott, who has attended court every day with his son for the past week, punched the air before hugging him after he left the dock.
Fellow Blue Peter hosts Anthea Turner, Diane Louise Jordan and Yvette Fielding, as well as his This Morning co-host Fern Britton all gave evidence defending their former colleague's character.
The complainant had alleged Leslie grabbed her breasts and laughed immediately after they shook hands.
They claimed he then walked away without saying anything – telling the jury how she was left feeling shocked.
The court has heard how Leslie – who had also hosted This Morning – had a "spectacular fall from grace".
By 2008 he was known as a "disgraced former celebrity" after a series of "scurrilous allegations" against him, jurors heard.
Leslie, 55, who has an address in Edinburgh, denied sexual assault by intentionally touching the woman without her consent on December 5, 2008.
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