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|Archer Gets Off In The Accused
- But he might not be so lucky in real-life
DISGRACED peer Lord Jeffrey Archer received a verdict of 'not guilty' from a special jury last night - a thousand theatre-goers at the Theatre Royal in Windsor.
The opening night of Lord Archer's play, The Accused, in which he makes his stage debut as a man charged with murdering his wife, saw punters packed to the rafters. In a bizarre twist that gave the audience the final say on the matter, Archer was acquitted.
But in real-life, just hours before he was to tread the boards, the former Tory deputy chairman faced officers at Wimbledon police station, charged with perjury and perverting the course of justice. There were no smiles as he faced five offences and the possibility of a jail sentence if convicted.
The Accused, inspired by Archer's libel affair, is touring the country before it arrives at the Theatre Royal Haymarket later this year.