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TV host sex charges dropped

Leslie always maintained his innocence.

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LONDON, England -- Charges of indecent assault against British TV presenter John Leslie have been dropped.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced the news during a hearing at London's Southwark Crown Court on Thursday.

The 38-year-old former host of ITV's This Morning show has always maintained his innocence. He had been accused of attacking the same woman twice between May 25 and May 28, 1997.

The charges were dropped after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to offer any evidence against him.

Speaking outside the court, he said: "I am an innocent man. I have maintained my innocence throughout and today it has been justified."

Close to tears, he said: "In the last 10 months my family and I have been taken to hell and back, although we always believed that justice would prevail and the truth be out."

A prosecution lawyer told the court: "The prosecution gladly acknowledges that he will leave this court without a stain on his character from this investigation."

Leslie is a former boyfriend of actress Catherine Zeta Jones. He rose to fame as presenter on the BBC's flagship children's show, Blue Peter.

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