Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes allegedly sexually abused a friend of his daughter who came to the actor's north shore home for sleepovers.
The woman, who was aged between seven and 11 at the time, told Hughes' trial that she spoke to police about the alleged incidents three times over the past two decades but little came of it.
Hughes is on trial in the Downing Centre District Court on 11 charges including sexual assault and indecent assaults on girls aged six to 15 during the 1980s. He has pleaded not guilty.
The woman, now aged 36, was friends with Hughes' daughter and had sleepovers with her at the Hughes family home in Artarmon on several occasions between 1984 and 1988.
She told the court she was too scared to say something to Hughes' daughter about the alleged abuse, which included being exposed to the actor’s erect penis and having his genitals pressed against her face when she was made to lie on Hughes’ lap to have ear drops administered.
She said he would often walk around the house wearing a sarong with no underwear.
She also alleges that the actor took the girls to Manly Beach where she was made to swim between his legs and was pinned beneath them where she could see his exposed penis.
"I felt that [Hughes’ daughter] wouldn’t be my friend any more and Robert would be angry with me so that's why I never said anything," she said.
However, after one sleepover, she called her mother in tears and begged to be picked up, telling her she didn't want to stay at Hughes' house any more.
When asked why, she told her mother "I didn't like sitting on Robert's hard penis any more."
Her mother told her daughter she never had to go to the Hughes house any more and she went to the police soon after, in February 1988.
The police came to her Frenchs Forest house and questioned the girl, then aged 11, and took a statement from her mother.
More than 10 years later, the woman, who had a baby and met her husband-to-be in the intervening years, went to the police again after having bad dreams relating to the alleged assaults.
A further 10 years later, she again went to the police after seeing an article in Woman's Day magazine and a segment on Channel Nine's A Current Affair featuring interviews with another of Hughes' alleged victims.
Her mother called A Current Affair and went to the police again, although the woman told the court she had never spoken to the media about the incidents and had only ever shared the memories with her husband, her mother and a few close friends.
Hughes' lawyer Greg Walsh suggested to the woman that her memory of what happened at the Hughes household was unreliable.
She did not remember seeing Hughes' wife, talent agent Robyn Gardner, at the home and was unsure of the layout of some parts of the house.
Mr Walsh said that, at the time, the girl was a student at a Rudolf Steiner school, which uses non-conventional teaching methods and encourages students to have healthy imaginations.
"[Your teacher] encouraged students to believe in fairytales and suggested dragons were real," Mr Walsh said.
"He even suggested that the sun revolved around the Earth."
"Yes," the woman replied.
The trial continues.
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