The 55-year-old former host of This Morning and Wheel of Fortune is accused of overtly grabbing the woman’s breasts when she launched herself, earlier than alleged strolling away “as if what he had done was completely acceptable”.
The alleged assault occurred in December 2008 at a Christmas party being thrown at a West End bar.
Leslie, who’s now on trial at Southwark crown court, denies groping the woman and can say any contact with the woman was unintentional, jurors heard.
“This case concerns an allegation of sexual assault back in 2008, when the defendant attended a party at a nightclub in London”, mentioned prosecutor Jocelyn Ledward.
“Shortly after he arrived, he grabbed the breasts of the young woman who had just introduced herself.”
She mentioned the alleged sufferer “was stunned and spoke to people about it at the time”, however had solely come ahead to police in 2017 after being spurred on by the #MeToo motion.
Leslie was 43 at the time he is accused of finishing up the sexual assault, on a woman who was then in her 30s.
“He was and nonetheless is well-known, having spent a part of his profession on the TV programme Blue Peter and in a while the morning tv present This Morning”, mentioned Ms Ledward.
Jurors heard Leslie’s fellow Blue Peter presenters Yvette Fielding, Diane-Louise Jordan, and Anthea Turner, in addition to This Morning co-host Fern Britton, could also be among the many witnesses in the prison trial.
Ms Ledward mentioned the alleged sufferer was chatting with different company at the party at round 9pm when she recognised Leslie and went to introduce herself.
“She shook his hand as she defined who she was, he smiled again and with out saying something additional grabbed each of her breasts with each of his palms and laughed, wanting straight at her as he did so.
“This was clearly not an accident however a fairly deliberate sexual assault.”
The woman says the incident lasted round three seconds, earlier than Leslie “laughed again and then walked off as if what he had done was completely acceptable and no one was going to challenge him.”
The woman mentioned she advised folks in regards to the incident at the time however didn’t go to the police as a result of she “did not think it would be taken seriously”, mentioned the prosecutor.
She grew to become “more angry about what happened” because the years handed, and spurred on by the #MeToo motion she went to the police in 2017.
Leslie, from Edinburgh, was quizzed by officers in 2018 and declined to reply questions, however mentioned at the tip of his interview “I’ve never attacked or assaulted anyone”, the court heard.
The former TV star, whose full identify is John Leslie Stott, denies one cost of sexual assault.
The trial in entrance of Judge Deborah Taylor, the Recorder of Westminster, continues.