Former TV presenter John Leslie cleared of sexual assault in UK

The 53-year-old walked free from the court after a verdict of 'not proven'

Former TV presenter John Leslie cleared of sexual assault in UK

John Leslie. Picture by: Jane Barlow/PA Wire/PA Images

Former TV presenter John Leslie has been cleared of sexually assaulting a woman in an Edinburgh nightclub in Scotland after the charge was found 'not proven'.

The 53-year-old walked free from the court after the verdict - which means there was insufficient evidence to establish guilt or innocence.

He was accused of putting his hand down a woman's trousers and touching her bottom as they danced at an Edinburgh nightclub last June during what was the alleged victim's hen night.

Leslie, appearing under his real name John Stott, had denied the charge, which was found not proven by Sheriff Adrian Cottam on Friday after a two-day trial.

The sheriff said it had been a "difficult decision" as the evidence from the bride-to-be "on its own appears to be a credible and reliable account".

He said taking the case as a whole the evidence from the defence "adds up to a combination of factors" that caused reasonable doubt.

Outside the court Leslie said: "CCTV and DNA prove no assault took place. It is time to move on from this year of hell."

While giving evidence during the case, Leslie said: "There was no sexual assault.

"I did not put my hands down her trousers. It's something I would never do and have never done. I'm upset at the allegation."

He told the court she asked him to dance and he did so in a "proper and very respectful manner".

He said once the dance ended she continued to dance with her friends "as if nothing had happened".

Leslie said when police told him of the allegation he replied "that's just not happened" and told them to check the CCTV.

He said he asked the owner of the club, Atik, to keep the footage and paid to have it enhanced, telling the court: "I knew that I had done nothing wrong, I knew the allegations were false and I wanted every angle possible to show it."

Allegation

His alleged victim, who cannot be named, earlier gave evidence and said Leslie put his hand down the back of her trousers and touched her bottom.

She cried as she said she had nothing to gain by making up the allegation and it had affected her relationships with her friends and husband.

Her friend also gave evidence and said she felt where Leslie had his hands was "inappropriate" and the bride-to-be looked "scared".

The DJ that night gave evidence, saying Leslie had been a "perfect gentleman" while dancing with the bride-to-be.

DNA experts said Leslie's DNA was found on the back waistband of the trousers but could have been transferred by indirect contact.