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12/07/2019 12:00 BST

John Leslie Charged With Sexual Assault Of Woman In Nightclub

The former This Morning presenter is alleged to have groped the victim during a night out in 2008.

John Leslie has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman in a nightclub over a decade ago. 

The former This Morning and Blue Peter presenter is alleged to have groped a then-30-year-old woman during a night out in London’s Soho area in December 2008. 

The alleged victim is reported to have come forward about the attack at a later date. 

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John Leslie

A Scotland Yard statement said Leslie “was charged by postal requisition on Wednesday, 5 June with sexual touching of a woman aged 16 or over, contrary to Section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.”

The 54-year-old star will now appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 25 July to face one count of sexual assault.

Leslie rose to fame after landing a presenting role on kids’ TV show Blue Peter in 1989. 

He went on to host the likes of Wheel Of Fortune and Style Challenge, before he began hosting ITV daytime show This Morning alongside Fern Britton in 2000. 

After leaving the show in 2002, he has rarely appeared on television since, but has hosted his own shows on Scottish radio in recent years.