Sep 21 2004
Now Leslie wants wife
By Donna Watson
FORMER TV star John Leslie has admitted that he had no respect for women because they gave him 'sex ona plate'. But, despite his frank confession, the former This Morning host claims he is a 'gentle giant' desperate to find Miss Right and settle down for good.
Leslie admitted: 'What was wrong was that I kept getting sex on a plate.
'It was just there you go, there you go, there you go. My respect levels went down - I didn't respect women.
'I would rather have a girlfriend that I loved but I am too bloody fussy.'
Now the 39-year-old, who plays a womanising cad in a stage production of Pride and Prejudice at the Edinburgh Playhouse tonight, wants to distance himself from his old party lifestyle.
He said: 'I want to settle down. I'd marry tomorrow if I could find the right girl.'
It is two years since Leslie lost his ITV job following sex-attack claims. Those led to two indecent assault charges, which were dropped.
Leslie, however, claims that his only crime was being inconsiderate.
He added: 'I was never an abuser of women or someone who didn't treat them well.
'I wasn't a nasty guy, I was a party boy. I love women, I'm a big kid, a softy, a gentle giant.'
The Edinburgh-born presenter famously refused to wed Catherine Zeta Jones when the Hollywood star, now married to Michael Douglas, wanted to settle down with him.
More recently, nurse Abi Titmuss stood by him following the sex abuse claims. But the blonde split from Leslie last year and a relationship with Angela Stewart also failed.
Leslie claimed: 'I enjoy women's company more than sex - I don't have a voracious appetite for it.'
His problems were sparked by Ulrika Jonsson's claim in her autobiography that she'd been raped by a fellow TV presenter.
Leslie was quickly associated with the alleged crime.
He is bitter that Jonsson came very close to 'ruining my life'.
Leslie added: 'I can't sue her because she never actually made the allegation. She is very clever.'