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27 November 2019 16:33

Al Porter

Comedian Al Porter walks free from court as sexual assault charge is dropped

Comedian Al Porter has walked free from court after a charge for sexually assaulting a young man at a Dublin venue was dropped today. The former Today FM broadcaster and TV3 Blind Date host faced his third appearance at Dublin District Court today which heard that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was withdrawing the case. Speaking to reporters after the case, he said: "For two long and very anxious years I cooperated and I have respected the legal process. "Just to say, i was completely in agreement with waiving anonymity today even before I knew that the DPP had made their decision to withdraw the charge because I have always denied any wrongdoing whatsoever in this case. Flanked by supporters on the steps of the court, he also thanked his friends, family, and his solicitors Aoife Corridon and Michael Staines for their support Judge John Hughes acceded to an application from media organisations to change an order made by another judge in August which had prevented journalists from naming the entertainer.

When the case was called Diarmuid Collins for the DPP said: "The position is that the prosecution is not proceeding any further, I am asking the court to strike out the charge before the court." Shane English BL continued an application which had commenced on day two of the case, in October, for the order to be lifted in relation to the naming of the defendant. Defence solicitor Michael Staines said he was neutral on the issue but the naming of the accused might allow the ex-complainant to be identified. The gag order imposed in August by then presiding Judge John O'Leary had been challenged from the outset of the proceedings, first by journalists covering the case and subsequently by media lawyers. Finalising the case today, Judge Hughes said criminal cases featured a vortex of competing rights such as the statutory right for the complainant. Mr Staines had told the court in October that his client was pleading not guilty meaning if the case proceeded he would have faced trial before a judge and jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Defence solicitor Michael Staines had said it was none of his business and his client had not sought the order for anonymity. Mr Collins, for DPP, had said there was no nexus between the complainant and the accused and the order was not necessary. He proposed today that the media should not name the location or give the date of the offence to protect the rights of the former complainant. Judge Hughes incorporated that into his order and also said that while the case may lead to negative comment on social media, this was not a court of public opinion; social media was not considered a publication but it still had responsibility in publishing content. COMEDIAN Al Porter has had a sexual assault charge struck out.

The Irish star, 26, had been accused of sexually assaulting a young man at a venue in Dublin. However, today prosecutors dropped their case against the Tallaght native, real name Alan Kavanagh, allowing him to walk free from Dublin District Court. However Judge John Hughes today lifted the reporting ban. Breaking his silence shortly after today's hearing, Mr Porter, flanked by his parents outside court, he said: "I never sought Later, in a statement, Mr Porter 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.

PROSECUTORS have dropped their case against comedian Al Porter, who had been accused of sexually assaulting a young man in a popular Dublin venue. The entertainer (26) walked free from Dublin District Court today after the case was withdrawn and struck out at the request of the State. The media had been previously prohibited from identifying Mr Porter but he can now be named, as Judge John Hughes lifted the reporting ban after striking the case out. Mr Porter, whose real name is Alan Kavanagh, had pleaded not guilty to sexual assault on the alleged victim in late 2016. Sexual assault allegations against Al Porter have been dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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Al Porter, real name Alan Kavanagh, appeared before the Dublin District Court today. Mr. Kavanagh was charged with sexually assaulting a young man at a Dublin venue. Although the entertainer was granted anonymity in the trial, Judge John Hughes lifted the reporting ban today as Al Porter agreed to have his anonymity waived. The DPP informed the judge earlier today that the DPP was dropping their case. 'Today the DPP has directed to drop their case against me,' Al Porter tweeted. 'I would like to thank my family, friends and solicitors, Micheal Staines and Aoife Corridan, for their support. 'I was in complete agreement with waiving anonymity today, even before learning that the DPP has decided to withdraw the charge because I have always denied any wrongdoing in this case. A sexual assault charge against comedian Al Porter has been dropped. Speaking outside the Criminal Courts of Justice, he said: "I'd like to thank my family and friends and my solicitors for their support over the past two years. "I was in complete agreement in waiving anonymity today before I knew the DPP made their decision to withdraw the case, to withdraw the charge.