John Leslie had his voicemails illegally accessed

John Leslie - claims his emails were accessed.Picture: PA
John Leslie - claims his emails were accessed.Picture: PA
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Prosecutors claim that former TV presenter John Leslie and model Abi Titmuss, who had a relationship, also had their voicemails illegally accessed.

The News International phone hacking trial was shown handwritten notes kept by that included references to Leslie, his mobile phone number and his parents’ phone number.

One note from October 2002, included the words “do both phones”.

The court heard that Edinburgh star Leslie, who presented shows including Blue Peter and This Morning, was named in 2002 by TV presenter Matthew Wright over unproved allegations that he had raped Ulrika Jonsson. No charges were ever brought.

Leslie then faced further claims from other women that were dropped when prosecutors offered no evidence.

He said in a police statement that 2002 was “a traumatic time in my life”, and the intense media interest in him only abated three or four years later when he moved to Scotland and stopped working in television.

Prosecutor Mark Bryant-Heron read the court a statement from Titmuss that said: “I’ve been in the public eye since 2003 when I was working as a nurse and was in a relationship with the TV presenter John Leslie. The level of press interest in myself and John at the time was high.

“They were very interested in me and John as a couple and wanted to know everything about me. Ever since then I’ve been in the media spotlight and between 2003 and 2007 I would consider myself extremely high profile.”