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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 June, 2003, 16:46 GMT 17:46 UK
Leslie charged with indecent assault
John Leslie on Wednesday
John Leslie talked to reporters outside the police station
John Leslie has been charged with two counts of indecent assault.

The television presenter appeared at Forest Gate police station, east London, where he was charged in relation to two alleged assaults on the same woman in May 1997.

Edinburgh-born Mr Leslie, 38, has been bailed to return to Bow Street magistrates court in central London on 2 July.

Speaking outside the police station, he told reporters: "There is absolutely no truth in the charge made against me but now I will have the chance to show my innocence in a court of law before a jury of my peers.

"Such has been the speculation and endless rumour-mongering that I never believed I would be able to clear my name and my reputation without going through the due court process.

"To that extent I eagerly await my trial to confirm my innocence and reclaim my life."

He added: "This ordeal has been made all the more difficult because of how much it has upset my family, particularly my mother."

TV sacking

Mr Leslie was arrested in December 2002 after voluntarily going to police after allegations of sexual assault were made. He was questioned and later bailed.

He returned to Forest Gate police station by appointment on Wednesday morning where he was charged with the alleged assaults.

Mr Leslie's career has suffered from the allegations, which prompted ITV to sack him from its flagship show This Morning.

A former Blue Peter presenter, Mr Leslie joined This Morning in 1999.

He took over as a full-time host with Fern Britton in 2001, when original presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan left.

The BBC's Robert Nisbet
"He said the nine months of uncertainty until today's decision had been a nightmare"


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