John Leslie has been charged after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in Soho more than a decade ago.
Leslie has been a TV star since the 1980s. His presenting roles have included This Morning and game show Wheel of Fortune.
The Scotsman, charged under his full name John Leslie Stott, is due to face the sexual assault charge at Westminster magistrates’ court on 25 July.
He denied the charges, telling The Independent: “I am totally innocent of the historic allegation and will be contesting the trial.”
Leslie hit the big time in 1989 after becoming a presenter on BBC series Blue Peter alongside Caron Keating, Anthea Turner, Tim Vincent and Diane-Louise Jordan. He held the role for five years.
Met Police said of the charge: “[John Leslie] 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.
They also revealed the victim was aged 30 at the time of the alleged incident.
According to the charge, Leslie “intentionally touched a woman aged 16 or over, and the touching was sexual when she did not consent and you did not reasonably believe she was consenting”.