Jersey Senator Alan Breckon has been found not guilty of the grave and criminal assault of his female friend and former colleague.
As the verdict was read out, the Senator nodded his head at the judge and shook hands with his legal team.
He looked visibly relieved breathing out a long breath.
Suzette Hase, 44 accused Senator Breckon of kicking her four times in the head at his home in St Brelade in April.
She said he attacked her after he tried to kiss her.
Mr Breckon always denied the charge and has been found not guilty.