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Al Porter Releases Official Statement About Allegations Of Misconduct At St. Patrick's Hospital In 2015

By Darragh Berry

May 25, 2018 at 7:31pm

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Comedian and broadcaster Al Porter has released an official statement on his Facebook Page regarding the ongoing investigation into allegations of misconduct at St. Patrick's Hospital. 

In November 2017, St. Pat's confirmed that it had received an official complaint about the behaviour of Porter towards one of their patients. 

As a result of the allegations, Porter gave up his role on TV3's Blind Date as well as his day-time role as a presenter on Today FM. 

He also stood aside from his role in the Panto. 

He admitted that the timing was wrong but felt that he had to release a statement on the matter because of "selective leaking to the media".

The statement reads:

''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''.

Two months ago, The George were forced to release a statement regarding Al Porter Rumours that circulated online. These rumours were categorically denied by the comedian. 

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