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Dan Wootton no longer being investigated over sexual assault allegations

Dan Wootton remains suspended over his programme in which he and his guest, Laurence Fox, made remarks about Ava Evans
Dan Wootton remains suspended over his programme in which he and his guest, Laurence Fox, made remarks about Ava Evans - GB NEWS

Police have dropped their investigation into Dan Wootton, the GB News presenter, over alleged sexual offences.

Wootton, 40, was accused of using an online pseudonym to offer thousands of pounds to colleagues in exchange for explicit material.

The Metropolitan Police said that it had been contacted in June 2023 with allegations of sexual offences committed by a man in his 40s.

A spokesman said: “Officers assessed all information available to establish whether any criminal offence has taken place.

“An investigation was commenced into these allegations. All parties involved have now been advised that no further action will be taken. There were no arrests during the investigation.”

Wootton said he had also been cleared in a second investigation conducted by Police Scotland.

‘Process is now the punishment’

In a statement issued by his lawyer, Wootton said: “I have now been completely cleared in two investigations by the Metropolitan and Scottish police, who have confirmed they will be taking no further action.

“While I knew this would always be the outcome, the process is now the punishment, with social media acting as the executioner.

“Margaret Thatcher once said that if you ever get trial by media, or guilt by accusation, that day freedom dies.

“She was right. It’s high time that all of our ancient rights were once again upheld, chief among them the right to be presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

“If it falls to me to be the champion of those rights, then so be it. It is a fight I am more than willing to take up, not just for me but for all of us.”

‘Errors of judgment’

The New Zealander previously admitted to making “errors of judgment” but said he had not committed a criminal offence.

Wootton remains suspended by GB News over an edition of his programme last September in which he and his guest, Laurence Fox, made a series of personal remarks about Ava Evans, a political reporter.

“Who would want to s--- that?” Fox said of Evans, claiming that only an “incel” would want to sleep with her.

Wootton issued an apology, but Fox then shared screenshots of a text conversation in which Wootton had joked about the exchange.

MailOnline, for whom Wootton wrote a regular column, terminated his contract following the suspension.