Key witness in Hughes case speaks
The woman who initiated allegations of sexual misconduct against actor Robert Hughes gives evidence in his Sydney trial.PT1M32S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-34hiw 620 349 March 10, 2014
A woman who worked with Robert Hughes on the hit sitcom Hey Dad! has told a Sydney court the actor deliberately exposed himself to her backstage and groped her in his dressing room.
But the lawyer for the former television star put it to the woman that she was so consumed by her beliefs about what happened that she did not "know a lie from the truth''.
The woman, who cannot be named, made the allegations while giving evidence at the 65-year-old's trial in Sydney's District Court on 11 child sex charges.
Robert Hughes: Plea of not guilty to 11 charges. Photo: Janie Barrett
Hughes is facing charges of sexual assault, indecent assault, and committing an act of indecency in relation to a number of incidents between 1983 and 1990. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
On Monday the woman, who worked on Hey Dad! from 1984 to 1993, described a number of incidents of alleged abuse, including one she said occurred backstage at the show's Eastwood studios.
''I was out the back … lying on the floor and Robert came out from his dressing room,'' the woman said.
''He stood right in front of the mirror. He made eye contact so he knew I was looking.
''He undid his belt buckle and let his pants hit the floor. He pulled his underpants down, looked in the eye at me and then waggled his penis and looked at me and looked at his penis like he wanted me to look at it.''
But Hughes' lawyer, Greg Walsh, said that the woman had told police the actor had a "yellow, jaundice-looking penis", something which he said was completely wrong.
Mr Walsh also put it to the woman that male cast members often got changed in this part of the backstage area during live shows.
The woman also told the court about an incident in which Hughes allegedly groped her in his dressing room. ''He had me on the bed with his knees on either side of the bed and I was pinned down. He was touching me all over,'' she said.
Mr Walsh put it to the woman that this alleged incident never took place.
He said other aspects of the woman's story, including that there had been a large supply of pornography around the studio, and that she had spat on the back of Hughes' head, were also false.
"You're just making this up, aren't you?" Mr Walsh asked. "It's so much a part of your belief that you don't know a lie from the truth."
The woman denied this. The trial continues.