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Casting director cleared by jury
A BBC casting director who was accused of sexually assaulting two actors has been unanimously cleared by a jury.

The actors accused Derek Barnes, 56, of indecently assaulting them when they were teenagers, despite their repeatedly turning down his advances.

Mr Barnes told the court he performed a consensual sex act on one of the actors but never molested the other man.

The jury acquitted him of two counts of sexual assault and one of attempted sexual assault.

'Fantasists and liars'

The jury cleared Mr Barnes, of Lorraine Road, Holloway, north London, in just over two hours.

The casting director, who has worked on programmes like Casualty and Holby City, told the Southwark Crown Court that he was being targeted by "fantasists and liars".

During the trial the court heard that the three men spent the evening of 20 July 2005, the alleged night of the attack, in a pub, where it was said Mr Barnes made advances towards the actors.

They had claimed that later that night he crept into their room and indecently assaulted one of them.


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