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Ireland Al Porter releases statement after sexual assault charge against him is dropped

22:05  27 november  2019
22:05  27 november  2019 Source:   dublinlive.ie

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Myles Keogh et al. posing for the camera: Al Porter speaking to media outside court © Collins Al Porter speaking to media outside court

Comedian and broadcaster Al Porter has had a sexual assault charge against him dropped.

The 26-year-old - who was charged under his real name Alan Kavanagh - has denied the allegations.

In a statement following the verdict, the comedian said: "Today the DPP has directed to drop their case against me.

"I would like to thank my family, friends and solicitors, Michael Staines and Aoife Corridan for their support.

"For two long and very anxious years I have co-operated fully and respected the legal process.

"I was in complete agreement waiving anonymity today, even before learning that the DPP had decided to withdraw the charges because I have always denied any wrongdoing in this case.

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"I have no further comment at this time. Thank you."

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The court decision marked the end of two horrific years for the presenter . In a series of late-night messages at his lowest ebb, he revealed he had thought about suicide.His career as an entertainer, TV and radio host came to a crashing halt as the allegations of sexual assault emerged in 2017.He quit his lunchtime show on Today FM while TV3 – now Virgin Media One – axed a series of the hugely popular Blind Date.That November, he also stepped aside from his role in the Olympia Theatre’s Christmas panto Polly And The Beanstalk to be replaced by Rory Cowan.

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