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An entertainer accused of sexually assaulting a young man has indicated his intention to plead not guilty to the allegation.

It is alleged to have happened in Dublin in 2016 and a decision on whether a media 'gagging order' should be lifted has been deferred

The man first came before Judge John O'Leary at Dublin District Court in August, charged with one count of sexually assaulting a young man in 2016.

When the case returned before a different judge today, the man's solicitor indicated his intention to plead not guilty so a jury trial will be required.

During his first court appearance, Judge O'Leary put an order in place preventing the identification of the accused.

That was challenged by a number of media outlets.

Judge John Hughes was told he is not entitled to anonymity but concerns were raised by GardaĆ­ and his solicitor in relation to the publication of certain details about the allegation.

To do so, it was argued, could lead someone to figure out who the complainant is - and his identity is protected by the law.

As a result, Judge Hughes deferred his decision on whether to lift the court order until the alleged victim is consulted.

The case will come back before him on November 27th.

Reporting by Frank Greaney


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