Wednesday 23 October 2019

Ex-TV presenter Leslie on sexual assault charge


Former 'Blue Peter' presenter John Leslie. Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Former 'Blue Peter' presenter John Leslie. Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Henry Vaughan

Former television presenter John Leslie has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman.

The ex-'Blue Peter' and 'This Morning' star (54) is said to have committed the assault in Westminster in December 2008, when the complainant was 30.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said Leslie, from Edinburgh, was charged on June 5 by postal requisition with sexual touching of a woman.

He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on July 25.

The Metropolitan Police said detectives continue to investigate.

Leslie, real name John Stott, joined 'Blue Peter' in 1989 and remained with the show until 1994.

In 1998 he took over from Bradley Walsh as the main presenter of game show 'Wheel of Fortune', before joining 'This Morning' a year later.

He was replaced on the morning show by Phillip Schofield in 2002.

Between 2012 and 2016, Leslie had short stints as a radio disc jockey in Scotland with Castle FM and Bauer Radio.

Irish Independent

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