Groping charges against Christian Slater have been dismissed.

A judge made the decision to throw out the charges this morning (19SEP05), during a pretrial motion hearing in New York City.

Slater enthuses, "The case is over. I'm thrilled. I'm glad that the prosecution felt the case was worthy of dismissal... It just shows that someone can accuse you of anything."

Slater, 36, had been accused of grabbing a woman on a New York City street early in the morning of 31 May (05) as the actor was allegedly arguing with his girlfriend.

The actor's lawyer, ERIC FRANZ, says, "I think the fact that this case was dismissed speaks for itself. I think it suffices to say we are relieved."

If convicted of the two misdemeanours for which he had been charged, Slater could have faced up to a year in prison. In mid-July (05), he turned down a plea deal offered to him. Under the deal, Slater would have performed three days of community service in exchange for pleading guilty to a charge of second-degree harassment.