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Isn't it rather too late for bad character now?
Well, the problem is that to appeal you have to raise evidence that the conviction is unsafe.
This nonsense with special measures is actually quite common. Very few of them need special measures. We just live in a society where people want anything that is free or at least people who generally make allegations of sexual abuse tend to be the type of people who do.
The fact of a previous allegation is something that would have been disclosed and could have been used but was not I suppose for a tactical reason. Certainly an admission of a lie would be bad character and would probably be admissible.
Whether that renders the conviction unsafe though is another matter. This is quite unlikely to be fresh evidence apart from anything else.
Can I clarify anything for you?