TV presenter John Leslie has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at a nightclub in London.
The former Blue Peter and This Morning has vowed he is “totally innocent” after being accused of attacking a woman in the Soho area of the capital in December 2008.
The alleged victim was aged 30 at the time and is believed to have come forward to police at a later stage.
In a statement, Leslie said: “I am totally innocent of the historic allegation and will be contesting the trial.”
A Scotland Yard statement said: “John Leslie Stott, 54, of Edinburgh, Midlothian, was charged by postal requisition on Wednesday, 5 June with sexual touching of a woman aged 16 or over, contrary to Section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.”
Leslie – real name John Stott – became a household name in the 1980s and 1990s with stints on daytime TV favourites Blue Peter, This Morning and Wheel of Fortune.
He also hit the headlines for high-profile relationships with actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and model Abi Titmuss.
In recent years he has returned to radio work, presenting on Castle FM in Edinburgh and on the Scottish Bauer Radio network.