OPINION: Leslie was wrong to ignore PR advice

If you were John Leslie and had been subjected to damaging allegations in the media for ten months, would you consider your reputation restored on the basis of one day's headlines reporting that a judge dismissed the case against you?

Despite his emotional speech about clearing his name, it is hard to see how he can consider this task complete.

Leslie has been open about the need to pay off debts and mounting legal costs, but he ought to have balanced this against the long-term need to rebuild his reputation and career.

It is especially worrying that he appears to have ignored the advice of his PR team - that he should do a pool interview with the Press Association, rather than cash in with one newspaper group.

Selling his story to Express Newspapers should therefore alarm his PROs more than they are letting on. Those who deal in tabloid front pages know that for every paper ready to pay off your mortgage, there are ten prepared to turn you over. Leslie still has a long fight ahead.

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