Ex-BBC Norfolk and former Radio Clyde broadcaster Michael Souter is standing trial after pleading not guilty to a series of historic sex attacks on boys.
He launched into a tirade against prosecutor Andrew Shaw and judge Mark Lucraft, QC, at Norwich Crown Court in which he questioned their integrity and suggested the judge had had previous contact with or knowledge of witnesses in the case.
Mr Souter had previously accused prosecutors of intercepting emails between him and defence counsel and claimed Norfolk Police officers emailed indecent images to his com- puter in an attempt to manufacture evidence against him.
He told jurors yesterday he withdrew any suggestion the judge and prosecutor had acted improperly.
His barrister, Andrew ~Hill, read a statement to the court saying: "Mr Souter makes it clear he was wrong to say the learned judge has any prior knowledge of witnesses or any statements or material relating to them."
The 60-year-old, of Loddon, Norfolk, denies 19 sex offences, including indecent assault, indecency with a child and serious sexual offences, against seven boys aged between 11 and 16. The allegations date from between 1979 and 1999.
Mr Souter, also denies a further nine counts of making and possessing indecent images of under-18s.