A businessman falsely accused of rape has called for anonymity for defendants in such cases, saying the allegation ruined his life.
Christian Newman: "I have had to face trial by the press"
The case against Christian Newman, 28, collapsed at Reading Crown Court
on Thursday after the prosecution said his 26-year-old accuser had lied about her
relationship with the defendant.
Judge Charles Elly directed the jury to acquit Mr Newman on both counts, of
rape and indecent assault.
The attacks were alleged to have taken place at his father's mansion on the
River Thames at Caversham, Berkshire, in June 2002.
On Friday, Mr Newman criticised the police and the Crown Prosecution Service for
having taken the case to court.
Mr Newman, an internet company boss worth £12m who lives in Covent Garden, London, said: "I spent 28 years building my life up to what it is now and one drunk
girl and her lies nearly took that all away from me.
Of course there should be anonymity for both parties. What happened to
innocent until proven guilty?
"I have a £2m London penthouse, drive a Ferrari and am a successful
person, a good person, why would I want to jeopardise all that?
"It's just common sense, but they didn't want to listen."
Mr Newman said he was lucky to be able to hire a top QC to represent him and
said he was not angry at his accuser.
But he added: "She got anonymity, a screen in court - everything was set up in her favour,
I got nothing.
"Of course there should be anonymity for both parties.
"What happened to
innocent until proven guilty? I have had to face trial by the press as well."
The trial collapsed after the defence produced a number of intimate text messages sent to Mr Newman's mobile phone from his alleged victim.
The prosecutor, barrister Sandra Stanfield, told the court the police had been in possession of Mr Newman's phone for four months and did not disclose the
Chief Superintendent Dave Murray, of Thames Valley Police, said officers
were already looking into exactly what information from the mobile phone was
shared with the Crown Prosecution Service.
"We'll be in a better place to discuss this further once that is done," he