Three months ago, Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell was accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl.
The police have now decided there is no case to answer and all charges against him have been dropped.
But like anyone accused of such a crime, his reputation has been irredeemably sullied and his name will be forever associated with the charges.
It is only right that victims of sex crimes are guaranteed anonymity, but surely the time has come for the accused to enjoy that privilege until they are actually convicted?
Once a case has been proved, they deserve whatever public vilification is directed at them. Until then, they have the right to be protected from malicious or ill-founded allegations.