Langham denies sexual assault charges


LONDON -- BAFTA Award-winning comedian Chris Langham denied eight counts of indecent assault against an underage girl and one charge of a serious sexual account when he appeared in court Thursday.

Langham, who has won numerous plaudits for his portrayal of bungling government minister Hugh Abbott in the BBC political satire "The Thick of It," is also accused of 15 counts of making an indecent photograph of a child between September and November 2005.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. A trial date has not been set.

Langham said last year he had opted to suspend work with the BBC and other broadcasters until the matter was resolved.

The BBC declined comment on the news.