Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting a woman on a train.
The 52-year-old had been accused of “forcefully and sloppily” kissing the fellow passenger on a service from York to Newcastle in August 2018.
The jury is still considering a lesser charge of assault by beating.
Mr Gascoigne wept in the dock and there were cheers of “yes” from the public gallery as the jury delivered its verdict.
He had told Teesside Crown Court he gave the woman a “peck on the lips” to “boost her confidence” after he heard a male passenger call her overweight.
The court heard Mr Gascoigne had been “naive” in kissing the woman, but that it had not been a sexual act.
Judge Peter Armstrong told the jury he was willing to accept a majority verdict on the charge of assault by beating.
‘Lied and lied and lied’
As he left court, the former Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Rangers, Middlesbrough and Everton midfielder wiped his eye with a tissue and hugged his agent.
Prosecutor William Mousley had told the court that Mr Gascoigne had “lied, and lied, and lied” during the trial, which heard he had been drunk on board the train.
But Michelle Heeley QC, defending, said the former player had no sexual intention.
She said “In his own naive way, he thought he was making a larger woman have more body confidence.
“It’s a clumsy way to go about building someone’s confidence, but it was not sexual.”