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Lee Ryan assault charge dropped

An assault charge against boy-band singer Lee Ryan has been withdrawn at the request of his partner.

The Blue star was accused of assaulting Samantha Miller, 26, the mother of his young son, Rayn, in London last Wednesday night.

Ms Miller withdrew her accusation when Ryan, 27, from 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After the assault allegation was read out by the clerk, prosecutor Laura Tams asked for the charge to be officially withdrawn following a request by Ms Miller.

She said: "I have this morning been handed a withdrawal statement dated August 25 signed by Samantha Miller.

"Having taken further instructions there is no longer a realistic prospect of conviction. I ask the court therefore to withdraw the charge."

Afterwards, Ryan's publicist Simon Jones 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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