An emotional John Leslie mentioned he was “in a little bit of a state” as he returned to ‘This Morning’, having been cleared of sexual misconduct final month.
The previous presenter appeared on the couch for the primary time in 16 years to speak about how his life had been broken by the allegations, for which he was acquitted.
He had appeared in courtroom final month after being accused of placing his hand up a girl’s skirt throughout an evening out in Edinburgh in June 2017.
Talking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, John prompt his status had led him to “change into a goal” for the allegations.
Becoming a member of them on the ITV daytime present, he mentioned: “I’m in a little bit of a state actually. I can’t imagine I’m again right here to be trustworthy.
“It’s been an emotional day understanding that I used to be approaching the present and thanks for inviting me on. However even this constructing [the former BBC TV Centre] was clearly the place my profession began all these years in the past and ‘This Morning’ the place my profession ended. So it’s been fairly a journey.”
He continued: “I simply wished a quiet life, and was residing away from the media, however I simply really feel my status follows me round. I turned a sort of goal and after I was out in public, issues occurred and other people made allegations and stuff and I by no means obtained the possibility to talk out. So, when it occurred this time I felt sufficient is sufficient, it has to cease.”
Requested if he thought it needs to be that these accused of sexual assault stay nameless till confirmed responsible, John replied: “I’m residing proof that it’s obtained to cease. You possibly can’t have your life ruined on the again of false allegations.
“I’m all for one being named if being charged, however I don’t assume you ought to be named if discovered not responsible. There must be a degree of proof earlier than your life is ruined.”
On his life now, John mentioned: “It’s about surviving, and holding going. I’m in bits in the mean time.
“It was a horrible expertise for everyone. It’s a case of placing the bits again collectively once more and hopefully I can come by this.”
He additionally admitted he doesn’t see himself engaged on TV once more, along with his final common spot being on ‘This Morning’, internet hosting alongside Fern Britton from 1999 to 2002 after allegations of indecent assault had been made towards him.
“I don’t assume I can deal with it,” he mentioned. “I miss this [‘This Morning’] it’s an expertise, and I really feel like i’m in a parallel universe. It’s weird.
“I cherished the job as you recognize, and I remorse breaking apart the connection with Fern [Britton] and stuff… it was such a horrible time, and it seems like yesterday.”
‘This Morning’ airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV.
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