Movie star’s alleged sufferer could face court docket

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The barrister for a high-profile Chinese actor accused of sexual assault in a Sydney hotel has unusually applied to cross-examine the complainant before trial, as well as questioning whether she made it up.

Gao Yunxiang, a star so popular in China his lawyer likened him to Hugh Jackman, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman multiple times at the luxury Shangri-La hotel on March 27.

The actor, also known as Gavin Gao, was out that night with his co-accused, producer Wang Jing, and staff from the TV show they’d just finished filming in Sydney.

The woman claims Wang and Gao assaulted her repeatedly in the hotel room after they all left a karaoke bar about 2am.

His barrister John Korn told the Central Local Court on Friday inconsistencies and contradictions in her four police statements meant she had to take the stand before the matter moved to trial.

Mr Korn said one statement was positive sexual intercourse hadn’t occurred but another said it did occur.

“It’s not enough to say it’s fixed up in the third statement,” he said.

“It’s not an inconsistency but a contradiction.”

Complainants in sexual assault matters are typically not required to take the stand at the committal stage unless a magistrate rules there are special circumstances.

Mr Korn said Gao’s legal team needed to know what case they’d face at trial.

“We aren’t looking for an avenue to attack her,” he said.

He told the court grainy CCTV showed the woman “kissing and cuddling” Wang in the karaoke bar before more footage captured her shooing away a friend while she was shoulder-to-shoulder with Wang before they entered the hotel.

He then suggested the woman went home, had an argument with her husband and then made the sexual assault claims.

“Were they in fact made by her or was it a situation where she stayed out all night, she engaged in consensual behaviour … and needed to avoid a situation with her husband and needed to find an excuse?” he said.

Prosecutor Daniel Waldmann opposed the application, saying even in the defence’s counter-narrative about consensual amorous activity outside the hotel room, it didn’t mean she consented to what went on inside.

“That argument … lacks a logical coherence and is contrary to one’s normal understanding of human behaviour,” he said.

Gao was hit on Friday with five extra aggravated sexual assault charges and two aggravated indecent assault charges.

The court was told two existing charges would be withdrawn.

Magistrate Beverley Schurr is expected to announce her decision on the witness application on Wednesday.

© AAP 2018

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