Andrew Marr denies affair: It was just a 'drunken clinch'

BBC journalist photographed fondling colleague outside bar says his wife is 'very cross'

LAST UPDATED AT 09:34 ON Mon 10 Sep 2012

BBC POLITICAL journalist Andrew Marr has denied having an affair after photographs of him drunkenly fondling a colleague outside a London bar were published.

Hours after the pictures appeared in the Sunday Mirror, Marr was seen leaving his home with a small suitcase.

Marr, who took out an injunction in 2008 to prevent an affair being reported in the press, was photographed embracing a fellow journalist outside The Bar in Fitzrovia in the early hours of Saturday morning.

He and his BBC colleagues had been celebrating the completion of a new TV series, History of the World.

A witness told the Sunday Mirror: "I spotted them hugging and kissing up against the fence. They were there for a few minutes. Eventually they went back into the bar and stayed until closing time before leaving together."

One of the photographs in the tabloid shows Marr, who is married with three children, sticking his hand down the woman's jeans - a moment the journalist told the tabloid he "couldn't remember".

Yesterday morning, on the newspaper review segment of his political talkshow, The Andrew Marr Show, the Sunday Mirror story was not deemed worthy of mention.

After the show, the Metro reports, Marr returned to his home in Richmond, but emerged half-an-hour later "clutching a small suitcase".

Asked by the throng of journalists if he had been told to pack his bags by his wife of 25 years, Jackie Ashley, Marr said in comments reported by the Daily Mail: "No, no, not at all. But I would say my wife is very cross with me and quite rightly so.

"I am a grown-up and I should know better. It was very poor behaviour on my part and she is entirely right to be annoyed."

Marr said he was on his way to the United States to film a programme about Barack Obama.

He denies having an affair with the woman, describing the moment as a "farewell clinch" between "two drunken journalists".  
 
He added: "There is no romantic connection between us. There never has been and never will be." · 

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