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Witness accused of trying to damage Robert Hughes' reputation

<i>Hey Dad!</i> star Robert Hughes at The Downing Centre District  Court in Sydney last week.

Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes at The Downing Centre District Court in Sydney last week. Photo: Janie Barrett

A woman who was allegedly subjected to indecent acts on the set of Hey Dad! by its star Robert Hughes has been accused of making false allegations in media interviews to damage his reputation.

The woman, who cannot be identified, is giving evidence in Hughes' trial in the Downing Centre District Court on 11 child sex charges.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The court has heard previously that, during the course of the 10 years the woman spent on the show, Hughes allegedly exposed himself to her backstage on one occasion and allegedly groped her in his dressing room on another.

Under cross-examination by Hughes' lawyer, Greg Walsh, on Tuesday, the woman confirmed that during the course of a number of paid media interviews in 2010 she made further allegations against the actor.

These included that Hughes made derogatory remarks about her while they were working on the show, such as implying that she was fat.

"And of course it was common knowledge what a 'cruel' man he was?" Mr Walsh asked during a tense exchange.

"I stated what I remembered to have happened because I thought it was a cruel remark and it stayed with me for a lot of years," the woman replied.

"I want to suggest that that never happened," Mr Walsh continued.

"It did happen," she replied.

"I want to suggest that you're making that up," he continued.

"Suggest away; that's what happened," she said.

"You wanted to say whatever you could to damage Hughes' reputation," he continued.

"Twenty years later I didn't really care what happened to him, I just told what happened to me," the woman countered.

Mr Walsh then produced a photograph of the woman sitting next to Hughes at a black tie function in 1991 - a time when, according to her evidence, she detested him.

"I want to suggest to you that you sat next to him and you talked to him," Mr Walsh said.

"I'm sure we did," the woman said.

The trial continues.

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