The Sunday Mirror have reported that TV host John Leslie has been questioned by police over a sex attack claim following the Radio Forth Awards ceremony which were held in Edinburgh last Thursday afternoon.
The tabloid says that ex-Blue Peter star was questioned by police after a 22-year-old woman claimed she was assaulted following the Radio Forth Awards show held in the city’s Usher Hall. The police have raided the presenters home in the upmarket area of Morningside and were seen taking lots of evidence bags away. Nobody knows what was in them. Yet.
A police spokesperson has said:
“We are investigating a report of a sexual assault on a 22-year-old woman, which took place between Thursday evening and Friday morning. Inquiries are ongoing.”
It is understood that Leslie has now been suspended from his job as a day time DJ for Radio Forth while police investigate the lady’s allegations.
For some of you 2002 might seem like forever ago but for John Leslie it must seem like only yesterday. That was the year his nightmare began, the year when he was identified (on live TV) by Channel 5’s Matthew Wright as the unnamed rapist who Swedish TV presenter Ulrika Jonsson had accused in her autobiography of rape.
The press, the paps and hundreds of interested parties gathered outside his house in SW London. They stayed there for months. They all wanted something. However, his employers were none too impressed so they fired him from his job presenting the This Morning show with Fern Britton.
This all proved too much for John’s live in girlfriend, Abi Titmuss. She left him and went on to find fame and fortune as a topless model.
Slowly John Leslie’s world collapsed. In 2003, he appeared at London’s Southwark Crown Court accused of two counts of indecently assaulting a 23-year-old actress back in 1997. He was cleared of all charges.
Afterwards from the steps of the court John made this tearful statement:
“I am an innocent man. We always believed justice would prevail and the truth would come out. I said I would clear my name and today I have.”
Later he faced a further scandal when a sex tape of John, Abi Titmuss and another woman appeared on the internet.
Titmuss later claimed she had bought cocaine for the threesome. And in 2008, more accusations against Leslie emerged in relation to another alleged rape. No charges were ever brought.
Who knows how many resources John Leslie used to secure justice but was all worth it? Last month he gave an interview in which he spoke about his dramatic fall from grace and how he still regrets not suing asses for all the pain and unhappiness.
Here’s what he had to say:
“I lost everything overnight. ITV said I’d forfeited the right to have my contract paid up and the whole thing was a mess. Everything around me was on fire and money just wasn’t at the top of my list of considerations.
It was about maintaining my innocence. I’d gone from earning over £300,000 to not a single penny.
I also started having to pay for lawyers and PR agencies, so any savings I had disappeared. I spent about £500,000 on legal costs but at least I wasn’t in jail.
One of my biggest regrets was not suing the papers and Channel 5, but I was advised if I sued the TV companies they’d never touch me again. I took the advice but the phone never rang.”
John Leslie has not had any regular TV work since, but he has worked sporadically for a number of radio stations.
I sometimes think that living under the media spotlight must be the worst place on earth. Everything is illegal, everything is taxed, everything is 5000 times harder than it should be. Unless you’re a parking metre that is, because apparently those have an entire branch of government dedicated to their justice.
I don’t know about this one. The police will now investigate the latest allegation. Eventually they’ll let the press know if a 22-year-old woman had too much chardonnay or if they’re stuffing another rape charge up John Leslie’s backside.