The previous Blue Peter presenter John Leslie has insisted at his sexual assault trial that he is aware of the road between behaving gregariously and prison behaviour, and has “by no means crossed it”.
The 55-year-old, from Edinburgh, additionally rejected a suggestion that he had exaggerated to the jury how paranoid he felt when socialising across the time of the 2008 allegation.
He denies grabbing a girl’s breasts at a Christmas occasion in London’s West Finish on 5 December that 12 months.
On his second day within the witness field at Southwark crown court docket, Leslie stated he didn’t keep in mind attending the occasion however that he had gone to some occasions within the years that adopted the dropping of indecent assault fees towards him in 2003.
On Wednesday, Leslie had informed the jury that across the time of the alleged assault in 2008, he would have been “paranoid” on any social outing.
Cross-examining him on Thursday, the prosecutor Jocelyn Ledward urged Leslie had exaggerated how paranoid he was.
Leslie stated: “When you had any concept of what I went by in 2003 [onwards], it didn’t cease due to the court docket case.”
He added: “It’s 17 years. It simply is relentless. They don’t seem to be stopping, the tabloid press. That is what they did. I’m not recovered, I’m not higher. I’m not the individual I was. I’m not a recluse, I grant you.”
Leslie described himself as a “wounded animal” and “nonetheless scarred”.
The barrister urged to him that aside from being paranoid, he may additionally have been excited to attend the occasion that Christmas.
He replied: “Excited, however nonetheless paranoid.”
Requested concerning the particular allegation, Leslie stated: “I’m sorry I can’t keep in mind being there [at the party] however I’d by no means have executed what she urged.”
Requested if he had touched somebody’s breasts “in jest” or to “check boundaries”, he replied: “No. There’s a massive line between being a little bit of a gregarious character and prison behaviour. I do know the road and I’ve by no means crossed it.”
The prosecutor stated it had been urged by Leslie’s defence group that the complainant had been after “her personal MeToo second”, however Ledward stated that might require both the complainant to be mendacity and to have lied to the individuals she informed on the time, or for all of them to have “received collectively and invented this story”.
Addressing the defendant, whose full identify is John Leslie Stott, she added: “I’m going to counsel, Mr Stott, that [the complainant] informed the reality and that again in 2008, in all probability over-excited and disinhibited on the occasion since you didn’t get out a lot, you probably did precisely what she stated.”
He denied this and stated he had “no concept what goes by [the complainant’s] head”.
Leslie has informed the court docket how he had turn out to be depressed and suicidal when he “misplaced every thing” after being wrongly named stay on tv in relation to a rape declare, and after the 2003 fees, which have been subsequently dropped.
The jury has heard “raft” of allegations adopted, with Leslie saying the tabloid press had made him out to be an “aggressive, sexual monster”, one thing he strongly rejects.
The trial continues.