Woman con­sented to kiss­ing, star claims

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - EMMA PAR­TRIDGE

THE le­gal team for a Chi­nese movie star charged with sex­ual as­sault have ar­gued the al­leged vic­tim en­gaged in con­sen­sual “kiss­ing and cud­dling” with his co-ac­cused.

Ac­tor Yunx­i­ang Gao and pro­ducer Jim Wang are ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing the woman at the Shangri-La Ho­tel af­ter a crew party.

Gao’s le­gal team yes­ter­day ar­gued the woman had given in­con­sis­tent ac­counts of the night. Mag­is­trate Bev­er­ley Schurr will de­cide next Wed­nes­day whether the al­leged vic­tim should have to give ev­i­dence in a Lo­cal Court com­mit­tal hear­ing.

Bar­ris­ter John Korn, in­structed by solic­i­tor son War­wick Korn, told the court the al­leged vic­tim had given in­con­sis­tent po­lice state­ments and needed to be cross-ex­am­ined about them be­cause the pros­e­cu­tion case re­lied heav­ily on her ver­sion of events.

Mr Korn said the woman de­nied hav­ing vagi­nal in­ter­course in her first po­lice state­ment on March 27 this year but in her third state­ment said there had been vagi­nal in­ter­course.

The pros­e­cu­tion said ev­i­dence such as Gao and Wang’s se­men and the al­leged vic­tim’s men­strual blood were ev­i­dence there had been in­ter­course.

Gao’s le­gal team also ar­gued the al­leged vic­tim said she re­fused “amorous ad­vances” from Wang but CCTV footage showed her “en­gag­ing in con­sen­sual acts of kiss­ing and cud­dling” at a karaoke bar be­fore she went back to the ho­tel.

In re­sponse to this, how­ever, the pros­e­cu­tor said: “Even if some­how the coun­ternar­ra­tive of con­sen­sual amorous acts be­tween the com­plainant and Mr Wang were to be ac­cepted it does not fol­low that she there­after en­gaged in con­sen­sual sex­ual in­ter­course with him and the ap­pli­cant.”

Mr Korn de­scribed the mat­ter as “out of the or­di­nary” due to the in­con­sis­ten­cies and de­scribed a sce­nario where the al­leged vic­tim may have sought to avoid con­flict with her hus­band.

Yunx­i­ang Gao.

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