From top: Al Porter; St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin
A former psychiatric patient has claimed that Al Porter, the broadcaster and comedian, groped and kissed him while visiting a hospital in 2015.
The student, who is in his mid-twenties and who asked not to be named, spent almost six weeks as an inpatient in St Patrick’s after he was diagnosed with depression. He had previously made a suicide attempt.
“No allegations, complaints or concerns have been made to St Patrick’s Mental Health Services by service users or staff in relation to these matters, and the organisation has only been made aware of the allegations regarding Mr. Al Porter this morning through a Sunday newspaper.”
The student whose experience with Al Porter was that he was groped and kissed by him when he was in a psychiatric hospital is one of the bravest and most impressive people I’ve dealt with in my time as a reporter with the Sunday Times. This young man spoke about being groped 1/3
when he was experiencing extreme weight loss and other symptoms of acute depression. We believed his story. It was an important one to publish especially given Porter’s well publicised comments on mental health issues. Some of Porter’s representatives on Saturday threatened 2/3
the ST with an injunction and an on-the-record denial from another celebrity. In the end there wasn’t even a statement. It was a stressful experience for this young man but he was steadfast throughout. Porter should give him a direct and full apology. 3/3