DJ Neil Fox weeps as he is cleared of sex charges
Radio DJ Neil Fox said he "cannot wait to be broadcasting again" after being cleared of all charges in his sex abuse trial.
The former presenter - suspended from Magic FM following his arrest in September last year - broke down as he was cleared of all 10 counts at Westminster Magistrates' Court. He had been accused of eight counts of indecent assault and two of sexual assault dating back to the late 1980s, involving fans and colleagues.
Reading the verdicts during a four-minute hearing, chief magistrate Howard Riddle said the complainants were believable but that the bench "could not be sure that in the context it was a criminal offence".
In a statement outside court, Mr Fox (54) thanked those "who have stuck by me and lifted me up when I was falling down". He said: "Thanks to the amazing support as well that I've had from listeners and the wider public, who have been so very kind during this period. I cannot wait to be broadcasting again and to resume that relationship that we have built over the last 30 years.
"Finally, to my family and especially my incredible wife Vicky, I cannot begin to tell you how much I love you and how much I thank you for simply being there and holding my hand through this long and arduous journey.
"It has been tough at times, you have shown me how to look for the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, the gain and the pain, and find out what makes us grateful, not hateful. Thank you very much, happy Christmas."
Speaking to reporters, he said he was "obviously pleased and relieved" at the court's verdict.
He added: "Following my arrest over 14 months ago, I strenuously denied all of the allegations and today I have been vindicated.
"It has been a long, hard and stressful 14 months, though, and a lot has been said and written about me in that time that over the next few days, weeks and months will need to be addressed and rectified.
"Now this case has also, once again, exposed concerns about how high-profile cases such as this are investigated by the police and the CPS, but this is not the time or the place to address these matters."