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A MAN has been cleared of mas­tur­bat­ing in pub­lic af­ter a court ac­cepted his de­fence he was merely well-en­dowed and ad­just­ing him­self.

Kosta Ko­laci, 61, was nicked in April on sus­pi­cion of pub­lic lewd­ness and ha­rass­ment af­ter a fel­low pas­sen­ger on the New York sub­way took a video of him ap­pear­ing to touch him­self on an early morn­ing train.

But Mr Ko­laci was cleared af­ter a brief trial at Brook­lyn Crim­i­nal Court, in which he ar­gued he had no rec­ol­lec­tion of the April 9 in­ci­dent.

In the sub­way video, Alethia Richard­son, 32, films the man sat op­po­site her “plea­sur­ing him­self” and then says into the cam­era: “Dis­re­spect. Nasty. Per­vert.”

Twice in the film Mr Ko­laci ap­pears to be touch­ing his gen­i­tals for 10 sec­onds.

De­fence at­tor­ney Cary Lon­don suc­cess­fully protested his client’s in­no­cence, cit­ing the fact he never un­zipped his pants or ex­posed him­self.

Mr Ko­laci is still in cus­tody, fac­ing a de­por­ta­tion or­der to his na­tive Al­ba­nia that was trig­gered by his ar­rest.

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