John Leslie denies raping woman

John Leslie condemns rape allegation as 'mother of all stitch-ups'

John Leslie has denied raping a woman at a party in his home in 1995 and claims he does not even know who she is.

Speaking yesterday outside his lawyer’s office and following his arrest on Monday, 43-year-old Leslie gave a statement saying the claims were ‘totally untrue’ and described the new allegation as ‘the mother of all stitch-ups’.

‘If I sound bitter it’s because I am,’ Leslie said. ‘It is with a mixture of anger and distress that I am forced yet again to talk about lies about my private life, lies that destroyed my public career in 2003 and which now threaten the private life which I have been happy to lead since then.’

Leslie went on to say that once again he would be the victim of trial by media, after he was arrested and charged with two counts of indecent assault against a woman in 1997. The allegations against the former Blue Peter presenter were dramatically dropped on the eve of the trial.

The latest allegations refer to a party Leslie held 13 years ago in 1995 at his home in North Sheen, south-west London. The victim told detectives she was put through a ‘harrowing’ ordeal more than a decade ago.

Leslie said the allegations were ‘lies’. He has hired a high profile firm of lawyers who represent a number of leading entertainment figures to fight the case.

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