TV actor cleared of sex assaults

A young male television actor has been cleared of sexually assaulting and raping a teenage boy. He cannot be identified because of his age.

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TV actor cleared of teen theatre abuse claims

A young television actor was today cleared by a jury at London's Blackfriars Crown Court of sexually assaulting a teenage boy.

The court heard claims the actor, who cannot be named because of his age, twice attacked the teenager at a theatre, once while his girlfriend was present.

It was also alleged he held the complainant's hands together with just one hand while they were in a toilet and performed a sex act on him.

The complainant, who was 14 at the time of the alleged incidents, collapsed in the witness box as he gave evidence. Prosecutor Timothy Forster, in his closing speech, asked the jury to consider why the alleged victim would make up the sexual assaults, considering the visible strain he went through.

Defence counsel Judith Khan QC said: "There is a natural reaction of sympathy to someone who reacts to giving evidence in that way. But it is important to bear in mind that that reaction is not an indicator of truthfulness. A witness who may be lying or dishonest may react in the same way."

Relatives of the accused wept as the jury foreman delivered the not guilty verdicts but had no comment afterwards.

TV star cleared of sexual assault and rape charges

A young television actor has been cleared of sexually assaulting a teenage boy.

London's Blackfriars Crown Court heard claims the star, who cannot be identified because of his age, "bullied" his alleged victim and used him "for a sexual game".

He was said to have attacked the boy to prove to his girlfriend that he was bisexual. But the defendant claimed their sexual activity was consensual.

Today, after four and three quarter hours of deliberation, the jury cleared him of the charges he faced, which were three counts of sexual assault and one of rape.

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