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Sunday 25 June 2017

Lee Ryan assault charge dropped

The assault charge against Lee Ryan has been withdrawn
The assault charge against Lee Ryan has been withdrawn

An assault charge against Lee Ryan has been withdrawn at the request of his partner.

The Blue star had been accused of assaulting Samantha Miller, 26, the mother of his young son, Rayn, as the couple drove through London's West End last Wednesday night.

But the charge was withdrawn at Ms Miller's request when Ryan, 27, of Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Ryan spoke only to confirm his name, age and date of birth as he stood in the dock dressed in a grey suit, a blue tie and dark suede shoes.

After the assault allegation was read out by the clerk, prosecutor Laura Tams asked for the charge to be officially withdrawn following a request by Ms Miller.

Ryan's lawyer said the pair met several years ago and had a two-year-old son.

He said: "This is a young man who has enjoyed considerable success in music from the age of 16. He is known and admired throughout the world."

The couple had been together "up until last week", he said, adding: "It has been a somewhat unhappy and volatile relationship."

The judge confirmed the charge would be withdrawn.

Afterwards, Ryan's publicist said: "The charge of assault against Lee Ryan was dropped in court this morning. Lee pleaded not guilty and won all costs connected to the case. Lee has always maintained his innocence and is relieved at the outcome, but is sad that such a case had to take place in the first instance involving the mother of his child."

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