Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes told one of his alleged victims she needed to find a proper place for them to have sex because he was “far too old” to do it in a bush, a court has heard.
Hughes, 65, has pleaded not guilty to 11 sexual and indecent assault charges stemming from allegations he abused five girls in the 1980s and ’90s.
Speaking at his trial on Thursday, one of the alleged victims said she had met Hughes in 1988 through work experience when she was 15 years old.
The woman, who cannot be named, said Hughes became interested in her and on one occasion kissed her on the mouth after dropping her home.
“I was grossed out,” she said, adding that his teeth were “too smooth”, as if he was wearing dentures.
At one point, she alleged Hughes said: “We have taken this as far as we can go. You need to find a place to have sex because I’m far too old to have sex in a bush.”
In a bid to ward off his advances, she said she told him: “I’m 15. I’m still under the age of consent.”
She said she thought having sex with a man who played a father on TV would be “seen as a gross joke”.
Months later, on her 16th birthday, the woman said she received red roses with a card signed ‘RH’.
When talking about one of the alleged incidents during cross-examination, Hughes’ lawyer, Greg Walsh, suggested to her it never happened.
“That is not true, Mr Walsh, and denial will not make it go away,” she replied.
When asked why she apologised after one of the alleged assaults, the woman said: “I was a champion self-blamer and at that time I didn’t know about the grooming behaviours that pedophiles used.”
The trial continues.