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Saturday 10 October 2015

Ex-Blue Peter star John Leslie in new rape arrest

Published 24/06/2008

Rape allegation: John Leslie
Rape allegation: John Leslie

John Leslie was arrested last night over a rape allegation.

The 43-year-old former Blue Peter presenter, acquitted of indecent assault in 2003, attended a London police station by appointment with officers investigating the accusation.

The Sun newspaper said the accuser was in her early 20s when she claims she was attacked at a party in Leslie's home.

A police spokesman said: “We are investigating an allegation of rape and indecent assault on a woman.

“The allegation dates from November 1995.

"At approximately 7pm this evening a man aged in his 40s attended a London police station by appointment and was arrested in connection with the inquiry.

“He was interviewed and has been bailed pending further enquiries to a date in August.”

The former host of ITV's This Morning was acquitted in 2003 of two counts of indecent assault on a 23-year-old actress in 1997.

In 2002 Ulrika Jonsson said in her autobiography that she was raped by a well-known TV star. The book did not mention Leslie, but he was named in an apparent mistake by another TV host, Matthew Wright. No charges were brought following the allegations.

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