Paul McCartneyâ€™s younger brother, Mike, has been cleared of sexually harassing a sixteen-year-old waitress.
The 61-year-old was charged with feeling the teenagerâ€™s bum in a Wirral pub in 2004, but judge Elgan Edwards confirmed he left court â€œwithout a stain on his character.â€
The girl claimed that Mike had placed his hand on her thigh and then moved it to her bottom, but McCartney protested he had simply touched the girlâ€™s back in a â€˜fatherlyâ€™ way while asking if there were any more prawns. Bet itâ€™s put him off seafood for life.
Mr McCartney described the experience as â€˜a living hell,â€™ saying: "It is a monstrosity that a wholly innocent man has been publicly named and linked to a charge of sexual assault, which to the ordinary person means rape.â€ Edwards agreed saying: "Two young girls have had the agony of waiting for 17 months to give evidence and the defendant, a man of exemplary character, has had the matter hanging over his head as well. It is quite inexcusable and makes a mockery of legal proceedings."
McCartney, however, thanked his family, particularly Paul, for standing by him: "I want to thank my family, including my big brother, who has been a rock of support during this attempt to soil our family name."