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18th Oct 2018

Al Porter Questioned By Gardaí As New Complaint Is Made Against Him

Darragh Berry

Comedian and broadcaster Al Porter was questioned by Gardaí on Wednesday as it is being said that a new complaint was made against him.

The Irish Sun states that Porter was interviewed at a Dublin Garda Station but was released without charge.

He was being interviewed about an alleged incident where it was claimed that Porter had acted inappropriately to a male and had allegedly groped him at a social event in Dublin a few years ago.

The claim is not related to that of the one that was made against him last year regarding a patient at St. Pat’s.

Claims had also been made against the comedian about an incident in the George Nightclub earlier this year.

It was being reported on Social Media that Porter was on stage at The George making inappropriate jokes about “putting his hands down people’s trousers”.

The George confirmed that although Porter had not been booked, he was in attendance and appeared on stage “briefly”.

Regarding the alleged St. Pat’s incident, Porter released a statement saying that:

”Hi all. Below is a statement. The timing, in the midst of a hugely significant referendum is awful, but I’ve been forced to comment due to selective leaking to media of a report about my charity radio visit to St Patrick’s Hospital in 2015.

”I have always denied any impropriety at St Patrick’s Hospital during my charity radio visit. An Independent investigation is ongoing with its report being finalised this week.

”I am very pleased with the outcome.

‘On our visit there, three years ago, I was exclusively in busy public areas, in full view of staff and visitors, and always in the company of my co-host Colm Hayes, who corroborated my account of the day.’

”I accept the report conclusion:

”That physical contact (a hand on the back and chest) during a conversation made the complainant uncomfortable and later that day physical contact (a hand on his shoulder and a kiss on the cheek), my standard photo pose, for a photo he requested, made the complainant uncomfortable again. I regret that.

‘I hope that the complainant has found some closure through this investigation process.

”For me, I continue to focus on my own mental health and my family”.

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