Ex-Blue Peter star John Leslie denies sexual assault

John Leslie has denied assaulting a woman in 2008

Thursday, August 22, 2019

John Leslie has denied sexually assaulting a woman at a London nightclub over a decade ago and will face trial next year.

The former Blue Peter and This Morning presenter appeared at Southwark Crown Court accused of sexually touching a woman, then aged 30, without her consent in December 2008.

The charge alleged “the touching was sexual when she did not consent and you did not reasonably believe she was consenting”.

He has been released on unconditional bail and will return for trial on March 16 next year.

Mr Leslie has chosen to be tried by a jury, despite the fact that he could choose to instead face a district judge.

On Twitter the 54-year-old described himself as an “ex-television presenter and campaigner for the falsely accused”.

In July he tweeted the accusations were “devastating” for his family.

“I don’t post much but in the circumstances I feel I have to do something. For the record I am totally innocent and I am contesting the trial,” he wrote.

“The impact on my family is devastating. It’s my 79 year old parents who suffer.”

Mr Leslie presented Blue Peter from 1989 to 1994, before he joined breakfast program This Morning and Wheel of Fortune.

The presenter withdrew from public life in the early 2000s, but had returned to radio work in Scotland in recent years.

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