Emotional John Leslie said he had become a "target" for sex allegations during his first TV interview since being acquitted of sexual assault.
The former Blue Peter and This Morning presenter was back on the sofa for the first time in 16 years to talk about his "year of hell".
The 53-year-old went on trial after being accused of putting his hand down a bride-to-be’s trousers on her hen night as they danced at Atik nightclub in Edinburgh in June 2017.
He was acquitted of sexual assault after being found not guilty following a two-day trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in June this year.
Opening up about his ordeal, John admitted he identified with Love Island contestants and went off the rails after ‘turning from Dr Alex to Adam’ overnight.
He said: "I’ve thought about this long and hard. You obviously watch Love Island. I view Love Island now. There’s characters in there I identify with – Dr Alex, Adam and Jack.
"As a boy I was a Dr Alex, very uncomfortable around women, they didn’t take notice of me, I was a bit of a geek. Left school with no experience of sex at all.
"I became an Adam overnight with all these women giving me attention and I couldn’t handle it. It was too much. I know I was a bit of an idiot at times but I wasn’t assaulting assaulting anybody.
"Things got out of hand and I went off the rails a bit. I was too much of a party boy and there was too much to handle."
The Scottish presenter joined Blue Peter in 1989 before going on to present Wheel Of Fortune and This Morning.
IN 2002 he was dismissed from This Morning and replaced by Phillip Schofield after accusations of indecent assault.
He said: "I just wanted a quiet life and was happy leading my own life away from the media. I feel my reputation follows me around. I became a target. Out in public things happened. People made allegations and stuff.
"I never got the chance to speak out. When it happened this time I thought enough enough I need to speak out and make a stand. I’ve come on here to talk about what append and the reason why it shouldn’t happen again."
John confessed he was "in a bit of the state" and found it hard being back in the BBC studios where his career first began.
It was also uncomfortable for Phillip Schofield who admitted: "I sit here on this sofa because of your misfortune."
He slammed the police for failing to obtain CCTV footage from the club – insisting his case should never have gone to court.
John said: "I’m all for one being name if you’re charged. There has to be a burden of proof before your life is ruined. It’s not just people in the media. False allegations are becoming too prevalent now. The pendulum has swung far too much in favour of the accuser."
John has no plans to get back into presenting and admitted he doesn’t feel he could handle the media spotlight.
On his future, he said: "It’s about driving, keeping going. I’m in bits at the moment. I don’t think anyone won in court that day. I didn’t and my accuser didn’t.
"It’s about putting the bits back together again and hopefully I can get through it in one piece."
*This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10.30am
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