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.
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