Jury told to put views on Gascoigne to one side during sex assault trial

Jury members trying ex-England footballer Paul Gascoigne for sexual assault have been told to put any views they have of him to one side.

Potential panel members were also asked to indicate if they were ever employed by any of his previous clubs.

The 52-year-old denies a single count of sexual assault, alleged to have happened while he was on a train between York and Newcastle in August last year.

A woman, who cannot be identified, told police she was kissed without consent.

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Paul Gascoigne (r) tries a shot at goal, his QPR opposite number, Robbie James, closes in. Rangers won 3-1.
Newcastle United midfielder Paul Gascoigne recieves his trophy from Manchester United and England hero Bobby Charlton at the PFA awards in London.
A cheeky pat on the rear for Tottenham Hotspur's Chris Waddle from teammate Paul Gascoigne as the players leave the pitch at The Den. The North Londoners beat Millwall 5-0.
Tottenham Hotspurs teammates Chris Waddle and Paul Gascoigne (r) in action against Millwall at The Den. The North Londoners beat Millwall 5-0.
England's Paul Gascoigne (l) fires home the fifth goal before Albania's Skender Hodja (r) can tackle him
England team manager Bobby Robson, flanked by players Paul Gascoigne (left) and Chris Waddle at Heathrow Airport before the team's Concorde flight to Riyadh for an international against Saudi Arabia.
England manager Bobby Robson (r) and striker John Barnes (l) sit with Paul Gascoigne as he contemplates his broken arm when they met at England's training session at the National Sports Centre, Lilleshall
England's Terry Butcher, Gary Lineker, Peter Beardsley and Paul Gascoigne line up before the kick-off
England's Paul Gascoigne (c) picks a fight with Ireland's Ray Houghton (l) and Chris Morris (r)
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England's Paul Gascoigne celebrates with Steve McMahon and Steve Hodge (r) following England's last gasp win over Belgium thanks to a David Platt (not pictured) goal.
England's Paul Gascoigne holds off Cameroon's Emmanuel Makanaky
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John Barnes consoles teammate Paul Gascoigne after England had lost to West Germany on penalties
England footballer Paul Gascoigne autographs a football for a member of Luton Airports staff.
Paul Gascoigne, Paul Parker and Tony Dorigo turn on the Christmas lights in Regent Street.
Tottenham Hotspur's Paul Gascoigne celebrates scoring at White Hart Lane.
Soccer star Paul Gascoigne meets his wax double after it was unveiled at Madame Tussaud's Waxworks museum in London.
Tottenham Hotspur's Paul Gascoigne (centre) celebrates his free kick goal as teammate Vinny Samways (left) gives chase
Tottenham Hotspur's Paul Gascoigne lunges in on Nottingham Forest's Gary Charles, only to rupture his own knee ligaments and be out the game for over 9 months.
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Paulo Gascoingne arriving at Newcastle Magistrates Court.
Tottenham chairman Terry Venables with England players Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker at White Hart Lane, after presenting them both with replicas of the FA Cup.
Lazio's Paul Gascoigne runs with the ball
England manager Graham Taylor (right) with midfield player Paul Gascoigne during a break from training at Bisham Abbey.
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England's Ian Wright (left) and Paul Gascoigne training in the mud
Soccer star Paul Gascoigne and his future wife Sheryl at Heathrow airport.
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Lazio's Paul Gascoigne sports his new pony tail
Soccer star Paul Gascoigne arrives at Glasgow Airport where he was met by an army of fans. Gascoigne was in Glasgow for further talks with Rangers manager Walter Smith about his 5 million move from Italian club Lazio.
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Ranger's Paul Gascoigne (centre) with Manger Walter Smith (Right) and Assistent Manger Archie Knox (left) celebrate winning the Bell's Scottish League Championship, at Ibrox.
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(l-r) England's Dion Dublin, Martin Keown, Ian Wright, Paul Gascoigne and Sol Campbell line up prior to the match
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Middlesbrough star Paul Gascoigne (left) joins his friend television presenter Chris Evans at Hurworth, Darlington, during filming for a special TFI Friday programme to be transmitted on Comic Relief Day, March 12th.
Everton's new signing Paul Gascoigne holds up an Everton shirt bearing his nickname
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Former England international Paul Gascoigne plays for Boston United in a pre-season friendly match against a Newcastle United XI.
Ex-Rangers player Paul Gascoigne at St James Park, during the Newcastle Cup mini tournament. Gazza was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary last night with suspected food poisoning.
Paul Gascoigne with Billie Piper in the audience at the Brit Awards 2005.
England manager Sven Goran Eriksson talks with Newcastle legend Paul Gascoigne.
(l-r) Kettering Town's Kevin Wilson (Director of Football), Imraan Ladak (Head of Consortium), new manager Paul Gascoigne and Paul Davis (head coach)
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(left to right) Paul Gascoigne, Jonathan Wilkes, Robbie Williams, Damian Lewis, Angus Deayton Jamie Theakston, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Les Ferdinand, John Barnes and Jamie Redknapp from the England Soccer Aid as they arrive for a reception at No. 10 Downing Street, London.
Former footballer Paul Gascoigne leaves Chelsea Police Station in London today after being arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm.
Paul Gascoigne leaves Northallerton Magistrates court today after pleading not guilty to drink driving.
Paul Gascoigne (centre) and Darren Fletcher (left) at the Manchester Arena, Manchester.
Tottenham Hotspur Paul Gascoigne in action during the legends test event match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
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Gascoigne is on trial at Teesside Crown Court where William Mousley QC, prosecuting, asked potential jury members whether they knew Gascoigne from his previous clubs, listing them as Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough, Rangers and Everton.

Judge Peter Armstrong told the panel: "It is important you do not have any knowledge of the witnesses in the case, or connection with them, however in this case the defendant is Mr Paul John Gascoigne, who may be well-known to you, and therefore it would be unrealistic to expect you not to have heard of him."

A jury of eight men and four women was sworn in, and the judge told them: "With the celebrity of the defendant, it may be you have a pre-formed view of him.

"You put that to one side."

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