Mr Porter, who was charged under his real name, Alan Kavanagh, had denied sexually assaulting a young man at a venue in Dublin.
Counsel for the Director of Public Prosecutions, Diarmuid Collins, told Judge John Hughes that the prosecution was not proceeding any further and the charge could be struck out.
Mr Porter added that he had always denied any wrongdoing whatsoever in this case.
Sexual assault charge against Al Porter dropped (RTÉ)
Due to recent developments, Al Porter is standing aside from his role in this year’s Pantomime Polly and the Beanstalk at the Olympia Theatre.
A replacement star will be announced shortly.
A statement released this afternoon by the Olympia Theatre.
Earlier: A Hospital Visit
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.
Blind Date star ‘groped me on psychiatric hospital visit’ (Mark Tighe, The Sunday Times Ireland)
“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.”
Statement from St Patrick’s Hospital.
St Patrick’s Mental Health Services respond to allegations of inappropriate behaviour made against Al Porter (Independent.ie)
Top pic: Rollingnews
Outside the Fire Restaurant on Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
Comedian Al Porter was unveiled as the host of TV3’s new dating show, Blind Date, this autumn.
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