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Former Ulster Player Paddy Jackson Is Back In Relationship That Broke Up Just Before Night Of Alleged Attack

By Darragh Berry

June 19, 2018 at 8:22am

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The Irish Independent is reporting that former Ulster rugby player, Paddy Jackson, is back in a relationship.

He has reunited with his lawyer girlfriend whom he had split up with just weeks before he was accused of rape.

However, according to the publication, Jackson and his former longtime girlfriend have been seen holding hands in London last weekend.

The news comes three months after Jackson was found not guilty of the alleged attack.

The couple had been in a relationship since 2014 but broke up just a month before the night of the alleged attack but it seems that they are trying to make things work again.

Jackson has had his contract terminated with both the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and Ulster Rugby but has since signed a two year deal with Perpignan rugby club in Catalan.

He and Olding were reportedly supposed to be joining Sale Sharks but the reports were denied by the club.

Both Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted of sexual assault at the Belfast court.

In a statement, Jackson said that:

"I am ashamed that a young woman who was a visitor to my home left in a distressed state. This was never my intention and I will always regret the events of that evening.

"I am also truly sorry for engaging in a WhatsApp group chat which was degrading and offensive and I apologise unreservedly for this.

"The criticism of my behaviour is fully justified and I know I have betrayed the values of my family and those of the wider public.

"Following the trial I have taken time to reflect with my family on the values that were such an integral part of my upbringing, the most important of which is respect. My departure from these values has caused understandable public anger and I am resolutely committed to returning to those principles."

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