Arben Llukovi (28) collapsed in the dock at Southend Crown Court on 30 January 2011 as he was acquitted of attempted rape.
The Albanian-born builder told the Echo he lost weight, was unable to sleep and ended up taking anti-depressants to cope with the ordeal of standing trial for a crime he did not commit.
His accuser (26), who hasn’t be named for “legal reasons”, was not in court to see her claims dismissed.
Mr Llukovi said: “The case has ruined my life. “It has been a year from hell. “To accuse somebody of something like that is disgusting. There’s no other word for it.”
His nightmare started eight months ago when he met the woman in Southend’s Element nightclub, in Southend-on-Sea, England.
They kissed and afterwards had sex on his car. While he was driving her home he stoped near BP garage in London Road when she began yelling accused him of stealing her mobile phone. She got out of the car and crack his car’s windscreen with one of her shoes.
But when she later went to police to report her missing mobile she claimed that Mr Llukovi has raped her.
During the hearing, jurors didn’t believe the woman’s story and gave an unanimous not guilty verdict.
Speaking after he had collapsed on the court and was seen by paramedics, he said: “I’m happy, just happy, but it’s not right I was here.
“I have never been in trouble, never been in a police station before. To come up with the story she did was just horrible.”