Court told Hughes sexually assaulted girls
At the opening of Robert Hughes trial the jury is told about five incidents in which Hughes allegedly indecently assaulted young girls who were sleeping at his home.PT1M40S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-33cux 620 349 February 24, 2014
Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes sexually assaulted a young girl who came to his home and then said "good girl" and "here's your teddy", a court has heard.
He also allegedly exposed his penis repeatedly to staff on the show, including, on one occasion, a young actor.
Hughes, 65, is facing 11 child-sex charges in relation to multiple alleged sexual assaults of young girls in the mid to late 1980s. He has pleaded not guilty.
Robert Hughes leaves the Downing Centre. Photo: Tamara Dean
At the opening of his trial in the Downing Centre District Court on Monday, Crown prosecutor Gina O'Rourke set out a series of indecent assaults the actor allegedly committed.
The jury was told about five incidents in which Hughes allegedly indecently assaulted young girls who were sleeping at his home.
Three of the alleged incidents occurred when he crept into a bedroom where young girls were spending the night and put his hand down their pants, or forced them to masturbate him.
A media scrum surrounds Robert Hughes as he leaves the Downing Centre. Photo: Ben Rushton
One of these alleged incidents involves a girl between the ages of six and eight between January 1984 and May 1986.
She lived in the same neighbourhood as Hughes in the 1980s, the court heard.
Hughes allegedly came into the room where the child and another girl were sleeping, walked between their two beds and whispered to the first child "c'mon".
Hey Dad! actor Robert Hughes leaves Central Local Court after being granted bail last year. Photo: Wolter Peeters
The girl rolled over and Hughes allegedly pulled the doona down, took her hand and forced her to masturbate him.
Afterwards, Hughes allegedly told his victim she was a "good girl".
"He then handed her her teddy and said 'here's your teddy, go back to sleep'," Ms O'Rourke told the court.
After the victim's parents spoke to police, officers confronted Hughes about it in 1986 but he denied the claims.
Ms O'Rourke said the father of one victim was friends with Hughes and his wife and the families would socialise in the 1970s and 1980s.
On one occasion the victim was asleep at Hughes' home when he allegedly entered a bedroom and sexually assaulted her.
Ms O'Rourke said Hughes placed his hands under the victim's blankets, rubbed her vagina and licked her cheek.
"You will hear that he left the room and the complainant started crying," Ms O'Rourke told the jury.
One month later, when the victim and her parents were at Hughes' home for a party, Hughes allegedly assaulted the victim again.
Ms O'Rourke described how one of the girls, who cannot be named, felt "uncomfortable and scared" about what was happening.
She subsequently told her mother, who complained to her school.
It was more than 20 years later that charges were laid against Hughes.
The jury were told they would hear from another woman, who saw Hughes walk naked around his home while the neighbourhood children were there.
Another woman would allege Hughes rubbed his erect penis against the side of her face while he administered her ear drops in 1987, the jury heard.
Some victims went to police or told their stories to media in 2010, after seeing another victim's story on a current affairs show or in a women's magazine.
The court also heard Hughes told a 15-year-old girl he wanted to have sex with her in 1988 but agreed it was better to wait until she was 16.
Ms O'Rourke said the girl received long-stemmed roses and a card initialled "RH" for her 16th birthday.
When the girl told Hughes she did not want to have sex, he allegedly replied: "That's your loss, you won't find out how good I am."
The court also heard that Hughes allegedly exposed his penis to the young actor behind the set of Hey Day at Channel Seven's Eastwood studios.
Ms O'Rourke said the actor was lying on the ground behind the wall of the set, drawing, when Hughes came behind the same wall, looked at her and faced a full-length mirror.
"The accused made eye contact with the complainant, unbuckled and pulled down his pants and pulled down his underpants over his buttocks exposing his penis," Ms O'Rourke said.
"He then swayed his hips from side to side making his penis sway. A short time later he pulled his shorts and underpants up before the complainant ran from the area and complained to another actor."
Hughes was extradited from London to Sydney in 2012.
The trial continues.
- with AAP