Former Blue Peter star John Leslie got so low after "false" sex slurs wrecked his career he planned to hang himself.
He went from being "carefree" to a "suicidal" recluse after being wrongly outed as Ulrika Jonsson's rapist.
Leslie, 55, told a jury how he was hosting This Morning live when fellow TV star Matthew Wright named him as the Gladiators star's attacker on a rival channel.
He said it was the "end of my career", despite knowing he was innocent.
He dated Ulrika for several months when they were rising stars and they split "amicably".
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In her 2002 autobiography she revealed she was raped by an un-named presenter. Wright wrongly said it was Leslie.
The Scot begged Ulrika to state publicly that he was not her attacker. But he claimed she told him via lawyers: "I'm not going to name the person. I never will and that's it."
At Southwark Crown Court, where he denies an allegation of sexual assault in a West End bar in 2008, Leslie asked the jury: "How can you do that?"
Wright later admitted his error and apologised, but Leslie said it started a witch-hunt which led to him being wrongly portrayed as a "crazed sexual monster".
When other women came forward with "false allegations", he lost everything.
Leslie, who presented Blue Peter between 1989 and 1994 and has also hosted Wheel Of Fortune and This Morning, said: "I got to the point of a tree and a rope in the park."
He said he only changed his mind because he said it would have meant his accusers had won.
Last July he was charged with sexual touching of a woman aged 16 or over under Section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
He's accused of grabbing a woman's breasts and laughing before walking away at a Christmas party at a Soho bar in December 2008.
Leslie denies he did any such thing, and claims if there was any physical contact between them it "must have been an accident"
The trial continues.
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