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Actor found not guilty over Kenneth Clarke grope claim

An actor has been cleared of perverting the course of justice over his claim that he was molested by former chancellor Kenneth Clarke during a cash-for-questions TV sting 20 years ago.

Former chancellor Kenneth Clarke Credit: PA

Ben Fellows, 40, from Birmingham, alleged that the leading politician had plied him with alcohol and carried out the sexual assault in the office of a lobbyist while he was working undercover for ITV's Cook Report in 1994.

Mr Clarke insisted he had never in his life "had the compulsion" to grope another man as he dismissed the claim as "preposterous", "off the Richter scale" and "like Martians landing".

Actor Ben Fellows

After eight hours of deliberations the jury at the Old Bailey found Fellows, of Redstone Farm Road, Olton, Solihull, not guilty of perverting the course of justice between November 14 2012 and December 1 2012.

Speaking outside court, Fellows thanked his "friends, family and supporters" who he said "kept me going throughout the ordeal of the last two years".

He described his trial at the Old Bailey as an "intense and terrifying experience", and added that he was "completely out of my depth".

As far as I'm concerned the next few weeks and months are about rebuilding my life and moving on. I shall make no further comment now or in the future about Mr Clarke and the events of 1994.

– Ben Fellows