Widower of British TV star Goody cleared of rape

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A court on Monday cleared the widower of British reality television star Jade Goody, who died of cancer last year, of rape.

Jack Tweed had been accused of raping a 20-year-old woman, who cannot be identified, twice in September last year at his home in east London after meeting her in a club.

In a statement released through his lawyer, Tweed said: "I'm relieved that the jury have taken a matter of minutes to see through these scurrilous and completely groundless allegations.

"I now want to put the last eight months behind me and rebuild my life as a 22-year-old young man."

Tweed was cleared at Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London along with his friend Anthony Davis.

Goody, who died of cervical cancer on March 22 last year aged 27, found fame after appearing on the British version of "Big Brother" in 2002, later becoming a full-time celebrity.

She saw her notoriety go global when she subjected Indian film star Shilpa Shetty to racist bullying on "Celebrity Big Brother" in 2007.

© 2010 AFP

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